Did WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus refuse to get the COVID-19 vaccine, despite promoting it in public?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!
Claim : WHO Boss Dr. Tedros Refused The COVID-19 Vaccine!
Anti-vaccination activists are promoting a short video clip which they are claiming is evidence that the WHO Director-General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus himself refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine.
The video was cut to a 35-second segment, which apparently showed Dr. Tedros admitting that he refused to get the COVID-19 vaccine. It’s often accompanied with comments like :
Tedros not jabbed? Well who’d have thoughts?
Tedros, who demanded that the whole world be jabbed, is still not vaxxed???
Tedros of the WHO has not been jabbed and he admits it.
Truth : Dr. Tedros Received COVID-19 Vaccine In May 2021!
This is yet another example of FAKE NEWS created and propagated by anti-vaccination activists, and here are the reasons why…
Fact #1 : Clip Was From A Documentary
First, let’s establish some facts about the viral video clip.
- The clip was taken from a HBO documentary called “How to Survive a Pandemic” (IMDb)
- The HBO documentary was released on March 29, 2022.
- The 35-second segment that went viral was recorded on June 12, 2021.
Fact #2 : Dr. Tedros Delayed His Vaccination
Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus had early access to the COVID-19 vaccine in Geneva, Switzerland
However, he delayed his vaccination in solidarity with low-income countries that lacked access to those vaccines.
Even in the viral video clip, he pointed out that he was delaying his COVID-19 vaccination in protest.
Fact #3 : Dr. Tedros Was Vaccinated On May 12, 2021
Dr. Tedros eventually received his COVID-19 vaccination on May 12, 2021, which he announced in a tweet.
He literally waited until two months after Ethiopia started its national COVID-19 vaccination campaign, to get his own COVID-19 vaccine.
I should also point out that the viral video clip was recorded a month after his first vaccination, which meant Dr. Tedros was likely fully-vaccinated when the interview was conducted.
Today it was my turn to get vaccinated @Hopitaux_unige against #COVID19. Vaccines save lives. It’s critical to get them to all counties A.S.A.P. If like me you live in a country where vaccines are available, please get vaccinated when it’s your turn. pic.twitter.com/ioNMLH5TW9
— Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) May 12, 2021
Fact #4 : Clip Was Edited To Remove His Full Response
What was most damning though is the fact that the viral video clip was edited to make it look like Dr. Tedros was not vaccinated.
Here is a transcript of the interview (with the removed responses highlighted in red)
Interviewer : I want to ask you about your own vaccination. You got your first shot… when?
Dr. Tedros : May 12
Interviewer : You’re the head of WHO. You could have said in December 2020, I’m ready. Why did you wait?
Dr. Tedros : You know still I feel like I know where I belong… in a poor country called Ethiopia… in a poor continent called Africa.
With the privileges I have here, maybe I had a chance to have it first. I don’t want to use that, because I want to be reminded every day that vaccination should start in Africa.
I want to wait until Africa and other countries in other regions – low-income countries – start vaccination.
I have a background as a health worker and I’m in one of the risk groups. They were beginning to vaccinate health workers and risk groups [in Africa] around that time, so I thought that was my turn.
I was checking my turn, actually, compared to what I would have in Africa, not in Geneva. So I was protesting, in other words.
Interviewer : How did it feel once you got vaccinated?
Dr. Tedros : I’m still feeling that we’re failing. I was having my shot with disappointment because we are failing…
In short – Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus delayed his own COVID-19 vaccination in protest of vaccine inequality.
Not because he didn’t believe in the COVID-19 vaccines, but because he was deeply disappointed in the unequal access to COVID-19 vaccines that was especially poor in the African continent.
Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Proven Safe + Effective
COVID-19 vaccines underwent massive clinical trials, and were only approved after they were proven to be safe and effective.
In addition, they were constantly monitored after they received their approvals, which picked up rare side effects after they were administered to billions of people.
Anti-vaccination activists have often claimed that those who received the vaccine would die. Yet, the opposite was true – the vaccines are not only safe, they are effective in protecting people from getting hospitalised or dying from COVID-19.
Even prominent antivaxxer Steve Kirsch is healthy and well, despite being fully-vaccinated against COVID-19!
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