After anti-vaxxers spread fake news about the death a COVID-19 trial vaccine volunteer, that volunteer shared a video to prove that she is “very much alive.
Microbiologist Dr. Elisa Granato was among the first people to take part in Oxford University’s coronavirus vaccine trial that began on Thursday.
However, rumors about Dr. Granato’s death spread like wildfire, blaming “complications” after receiving the trial vaccine.
The Department for Health and Social Care later disproved the article in a statement on via Twitter, stating that it was “completely untrue”, and provided a warning about sharing unsubstantiated claims online.
On Sunday, Dr. Granato filmed herself to put an end to the rumors pertaining to her alleged “death.”
“I’m very much alive, I’m having a couple of tea it’s Sunday 26 April, three days after my birthday, three days after I got the vaccine, or the control I don’t know, and I’m having a nice Sunday,” she said.
She also tweeted about the fake news before turning her Twitter account private, and she wrote, “Nothing like waking up to a fake article on your death … I’m doing fine everyone.”
Earlier this week, the doctor said in an interview, “Well I’m a scientist so of course I want to try and support the scientific process wherever I can and since I don’t study viruses I felt a bit useless these days so I felt this is a very easy way for me to support the cause.”
The Univeristy of Oxford’s Jenner Institute began the first human coronavirus vaccine trial on Thursday, by administering trial injections to more than 800 volunteers, in an effort to put a stop to the rapidly spreading disease caused by the novel coronavirus.
COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus, has infected more than 29 million people and claimed more than 205,000 lives.