Myths that COVID-19 vaccines cause infertility and miscarriages persist online

A popular vaccine opponent claimed on a conspiracy news show that COVID-19 vaccines are “destroying women and babies” and “emasculating men,” citing a misrepresentation of Pfizer’s clinical trial documents. Meanwhile, social media posts resurfaced the debunked claims that COVID-19 vaccines were only tested in a “couple of rats” before it was administered to pregnant women and caused miscarriages in 80 percent of pregnancies.

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