Bizarre claims circulate that COVID-19 vaccines contain toxins, nanochips, and parasites

Social media posts trending in English and Spanish are circulating the claims of a supposed “WHO whistleblower” who previously promoted hoax vaccine detoxes. The claims include many disproven conspiracy theories, including that COVID-19 vaccines contain graphene oxide, radiofrequency trackers, toxic metals, and nanochips. One post claims COVID-19 vaccines originated as a military experiment using CRISPR DNA editing technology. A video clip in one post that has been viewed 1.2 million times includes the bizarre claim that the vaccines contain the eggs of a tentacled parasite.

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