False claims link China’s pneumonia outbreak to COVID-19 vaccines

Several trending social media posts are falsely claiming that COVID-19 vaccines caused the mycoplasma pneumonia outbreak in China. Some posts claim that flu and RSV vaccines can also cause the condition. Many of the posts claiming this cite an adverse event report that has been circulated without context by vaccine opponents to claim that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe.

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