Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Politifact’s Madison Czopek Spreads No-Risk Misinformation about Vaccine, Fertility Risks

Politifact’s Madison Czopek Spreads No-Risk Misinformation about Vaccine, Fertility Risks

The Pfizer spokesperson, who is the perhaps the most biased source Czopek could have found, says that there is no data to suggest such a thing. On a theoretical basis the spike protein in the vaccine is not similar enough to surface proteins in the placenta to endanger it, thus “it is very unlikely that it could lead to the body generating an immune response that would result in the body attacking itself or the placenta.” Unlikely, however, does not mean never. A fact check should have a higher level of certainty than this.

Furthermore, debunking one theory about spike protein similarities does not preclude the possibility of an adverse outcome that scientists and vaccine supporters cannot predict because there is so little data available on the effects of the vaccine on fertility....

Saying “there is no evidence” when there is only a small amount of data available does not equal “take the vaccine” in this situation.