Online Show Host Misleadingly Seeks To Entice Vaccine Whistleblowers

The host of an online conspiracy news show is seeking whistleblowers from the pharmaceutical companies that manufactured the COVID-19 vaccines. The host alleges, without evidence, that chief medical advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci lied about vaccine safety and insists that the vaccines were developed too quickly. To incentivize potential whistleblowers,  the host referenced the False Claims Act, which rewards whistleblowers with up to 30 percent of proceeds collected from the alleged fraud. 

A common misconception about the COVID-19 vaccines is that they were developed too quickly to be safe. In reality, the rapid development of the vaccines was based on decades of mRNA research and extensive knowledge of coronaviruses, which have caused two epidemics in the last 20 years. 

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