Podcast interview unleashes a wave of anti-vaccine claims

In an interview on a popular podcast, an actor known for promoting fringe conspiracy theories accused the U.S. government of trying to poison its citizens with COVID-19 vaccines. The interview included several unsupported claims about COVID-19 vaccine safety, including false claims that COVID-19 vaccines caused a 300 percent increase in cancers, a 500 percent increase in pulmonary embolisms, and a 40 percent increase in all-cause mortality in some age groups.

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