False Claim That Vaccines Contain Toxic Graphene Oxide Spreads Online

A myth has been circulating online that “toxic” graphene oxide makes up more than 99 percent of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine. The claim appears to have originated on a news program known to promote conspiracy theories and has since spread in numerous languages to multiple social media platforms that don’t regulate or ban false information. The ingredients for all authorized vaccines are listed on the FDA’s website and none of them contain graphene oxide. A Pfizer spokesperson has confirmed that the ingredient is not used in the company’s vaccine.

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