Misleading video used to falsely claim COVID-19 vaccines are gene therapy

A website run by an economic forecaster is using a misleading video clip to falsely claim that a Bayer Pharmaceutical executive said that the COVID-19 vaccine is gene therapy. The clip originally began circulating in November but has resurfaced recently among vaccine opponents. In the video from last October, the executive speaks about technological innovations, using the mRNA vaccine as an example. He compared the vaccines to innovative treatments that Bayer is developing, including certain types of gene therapies, but misspoke when he referred to the COVID-19 vaccine as an example of these gene therapies.

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