Did WHO official just admit Vaccine Passports were a scam?!

Did a WHO official just admit that vaccine passports were a scam?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : WHO Official Admits Vaccine Passports Were A Scam!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The Expose (formerly The Daily Expose), which claimed that a WHO (World Health Organization) official just admitted that vaccine passports were a scam!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

WHO Official Admits Vaccine Passports May Have Been a Scam

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Truth : WHO Official Did Not Admit Vaccine Passports Were A Scam!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The Expose, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Dr. Hanna Nohynek Is Not WHO Official

Let me start by pointing out that Dr. Hanna Nohynek is not a WHO official. She is the Chief Physician and Deputy Head of the Infectious Diseases Control and Vaccines Unit of the Finnish Institute for Health and Welfare.

Dr. Hanna Nohynek is also the chairperson of the WHO Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE), but that does not make her a WHO official.

SAGE comprises of 15 members, who serve in their personal capacity, and are not WHO employees or officials. Neither do they represent the WHO, or speak on its behalf. The SAGE team only advises the WHO on overall global policies and strategies on vaccines and immunisation.

Fact #2 : Dr. Hanna Nohynek Did Not Call Vaccine Passports A Scam

As far as we can tell – Dr. Hanna Nohynek did not call COVID-19 vaccine passports a scam. There is no transcript of her testimony in court that I can find yet. Certainly, no one has provided a transcript of what she testified in court.

These claims appear to be based on a video by Ike Novikoff (archive) telling us what Dr. Nohynek testified in court, and this was what he said:

[She] testified that the Finnish Institute of Health was aware already latest by the summer of 2021 and possibly earlier that the COVID-19 vaccines do not stop the transmission or prevent infection fully.

She also testified that the Institute advised the Finnish government by the end of the year 2021, that there was no basis to continue the COVID Pass. The government continued anyway, demanding the COVID Pass of its citizens. She said that the COVID Pass gave a false feeling of security.

As you can see, even Ike Novikoff never said that Dr. Hanna Nohynek called the vaccine passports a scam. If what Ike Novikoff reported was accurate, she only said that because the COVID-19 vaccines cannot fully stop the transmission or infections, the COVID Pass was no longer useful.

I should point out that it also clearly shows that the Finnish government exercised its sovereignty, and controversially its independence of experts like Dr. Nohynek, when it decided to continue with its COVID Pass.

However, I must point out that this is merely based on reporting by Ike Novikoff. Dr. Hanna Nohynek’s alleged testimonial in court has yet to be confirmed or verified.

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Fact #3 : Dr. Hanna Nohynek Did Not Call Vaccines Ineffective

According to Mikko Korhonen (archive), a Finnish commentator who heard what she said on the court audio recordings, Dr. Hanna Nohynek did not call the COVID-19 vaccines ineffective.

She stated that they had around 50% efficacy against infections, and 90% efficacy against severe disease.

Because you obviously can’t check the story, why spread lies? She definitely didn’t call the vaccines ineffective. Take this from someone who can actually understand what she says on the court audio recordings. She said they had around 50 % efficacy (infection), 90 % (severe).

This would accurately reflect the COVID-19 vaccines’ efficacy against the Delta variant that was spreading globally at that time. So this isn’t “shocking” news by any means.

Obviously, the COVID-19 vaccines were effective in preventing hospitalisation and death from severe disease.

Fact #4 : COVID-19 Vaccines Did Reduce Transmission

The COVID-19 vaccines were primarily designed to prevent death and hospitalisation from SARS-CoV-2 infections. Blocking transmission was not even an end point in any of the COVID-19 vaccine trials – it would be a nice bonus, but the key thing was to prevent deaths and severe disease.

In the end, the COVID-19 vaccines did reduce transmission, albeit not completely. For example, Israeli researchers (here and here) showed that the Pfizer-BioNTech mRNA vaccine was reducing transmission of the coronavirus.

Whether it is 75 or 90 percent reduction doesn’t matter – it is a big drop in transmission.

It means that not only is the individual vaccinated protected, the inoculation also provides protection to his or her surroundings

– Michal Linial, Professor of Molecular Biology and Bioinformatics, Hebrew University

Of course, new COVID-19 variants eroded the vaccines’ protection against infections and transmission. But the COVID-19 vaccines continue to provide protection against infection and transmission.

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Fact #5 : The Expose Is Known For Fake News

Like Real Raw News and The People’s Voice, The Daily Expose is a website that capitalises on making shocking but fake or misleading stories to generate page views and money. It was later rebranded as The Expose.

Founded in November 2020 by Jonathan Allen-Walker – a welder from Lincolnshire, The Expose / Daily Expose is infamous for publishing COVID-19 and vaccine misinformation.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news or misinformation, so you should NEVER share anything from Daily Expose / The Expose. Here are some of its stories that I personally debunked earlier:

Everything posted by The Expose / Daily Expose must be considered fake news, until proven otherwise.

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