Latest COVID-19 variant continues to drive false claims

Several social media posts have gone viral over the last week claiming that emerging COVID-19 variants and the updated vaccine available this fall are the result of the upcoming election and Pfizer stock decreasing. The posts also imply that the fall vaccination campaign is being driven by a desire for pharmaceutical profits and not public safety.

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The Public Health Communications Collaborative (PHCC) was formed in 2020 to coordinate and amplify public health messaging on COVID-19 and increase Americans’ confidence in guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and state and local public health officials.

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