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• A video posted on Facebook claims that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine contains “wireless nanosensors” or “biochips.”
• The patents published by Moderna make no reference to those components. They do use terms like “nano” and “chips,” but not in reference to sensors or ingredients.
• The FDA says that none of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contains “wireless nanosensors” or “biochips.” The CDC says that the Moderna shot does not contain microelectronics, nanostructures, or metals.
COVID-19 vaccines have different volumes. The first dose of the Moderna shot has 0.5 mL, while the booster has 0.25 mL. Other manufacturers make their mixtures in slightly different quantities. But the liquid always equals just a few drops of water.
That would be hard to believe considering everything they are rumored to contain.
According to false online claims, COVID-19 vaccines come with graphene oxide, 5G nanoparticles, living organisms, "transhumanism nanotechnology," aluminum, aborted fetal tissue, formaldehyde, bioluminescent markers, and parasites.
PolitiFact has previously shown that the vaccines contain none of those things, but the list of invented ingredients just keeps on growing.
The latest addition, which is as false as the others, is "wireless nanosensors," which are also identified as "biochips."
Stew Peters, a conservative radio personality who has spread conspiracy theories about COVID-19, claimed in a recent episode of his online show, published on Dec. 3, that a Spanish doctor had found those components in COVID-19 vaccines.
He then claimed that show guest Ariyana Love, a naturopathic practitioner, found evidence in Moderna’s patents that confirmed the claim. "They’re called biochips," Love said. "They’re in the patents."
A video of the interview was posted on Facebook. The post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
The eight patents related to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine published by the company do not mention "wireless nanosensors" or "biochips," according to a word search carried out by PolitiFact, which included those specific terms and variations.
Some patents mention "lipid nanoparticles." But those are small particles that carry and protect the active ingredient of the vaccine, as previously described by PolitiFact. They are not sensors or chips.
One patent mentions "micromixer chips." But as the document explains, they are electronic devices, produced by companies like Harvard Apparatus and Dolomite Microfluidics, used to make a component of the vaccine. They are not ingredients themselves.
"These claims about wireless nanosensors are completely false," says Alison Hunt, a press officer for the Food and Drug Administration, which regulates the vaccines in the U.S. The COVID-19 shots approved by the FDA, including Moderna’s, simply do not contain those components, according to the agency.
A guide published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explains that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine contains three groups of ingredients: the messenger RNA molecule (mRNA) that causes the immune response that eventually protects the body against COVID-19; lipids that carry and shield the mRNA as it moves inside our body; and salts, acids, and sugars that preserve the mixture while the vaccine is being produced, frozen and stored.
The CDC says that the vaccine does not contain manufactured products (like microelectronics), nanostructures (like carbon nanotubes or nanowire semiconductors), or metals (like iron, nickel, or cobalt).
A video shared on Facebook claims that Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine contains "wireless nanosensors" or "biochips," and that evidence of their existence can be found in the patents of the vaccine.
The eight patents published online by Moderna make no reference to those components. When they use the term "nano," they are not referring to sensors. And when they mention "chips," they are not naming an ingredient of the vaccine.
The FDA says that none of the approved COVID-19 vaccines contains "wireless nanosensors" or "biochips," and the CDC says that the Moderna vaccine does not contain microelectronics, nanostructures, or metals.
We rate the post False.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine: Vaccine Preparation and Administration Summary," Dec. 1, 2021
Patents related to Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine published online by Moderna: US9868692, US10064959, US10266485, US10442756, US10577403, US10702600, US10703789, US10898574.
PolitiFact, "No, COVID-19 vaccines do not contain nanoparticles that will allow you to be tracked via 5G networks," March 12, 2021
Email interview with Alison Hunt, press officer at the US Food and Drug Administration, Dec. 17, 2021.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Overview and Safety," Dec. 14, 2021
Food and Drug Administration, "Emergency Use Authorization of the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine," Dec. 9, 2021
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