Trending article misleadingly claims that Dr. Fauci admits COVID-19 vaccines may make pandemic worse

A viral story misrepresents Dr. Fauci’s vaccine safety comments from a March 2020 interview to claim that the now approved and authorized COVID-19 vaccines are making the pandemic worse. In the 21-month-old interview, Dr. Fauci talked about how some previous vaccines have made individuals more likely to get infected. His remarks were in reference to vaccines that did not go through clinical trials and were not vaccines for COVID-19, but have been taken out of context and are now being used to spread skepticism around COVID-19 vaccine safety and effectiveness.

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