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• A Pfizer spokesperson said the CEO’s wife is “alive and well.”
As one of the companies behind an authorized COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer has become a frequent subject of online misinformation, with some blogs and social media users specifically targeting company leadership.
"Myriam Bourla — the wife of Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla — has died from complications from the COVID-19 vaccine early Wednesday, according to her doctor," the article says. "She passed away in the emergency room at New York-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital after being brought in by paramedics. The cause of death has been listed as complications from the Pfizer vaccine."
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 report is false.
"Our CEO’s wife is alive and well contrary to what was said on the Internet," a Pfizer spokesperson said.
Conservative Beaver describes itself as a conservative Canadian news site, but the site frequently publishes misinformation. Claims on the site have been debunked by PolitiFact and other fact-checking organizations.
"It is unconscionable that a person posing as a journalist would spread such outrageous lies about our CEO and his family with the goal of undermining confidence in a vaccine that has been given to hundreds of millions of people worldwide," the Pfizer spokesperson said of the Conservative Beaver report.
In addition to causing the Bourla family "emotional distress," the spokesperson said, the claims also damage "innocent people around the world who put their lives at risk by believing such rubbish."
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
Conservative Beaver, "Wife of Pfizer’s CEO dies after complications from the vaccine," Nov. 10, 2021
International Business Times, "Pfizer CEO's Wife Myriam Bourla Dies From Covid-19 Vaccine Complications, Wild Theory Debunked," Nov. 13, 2021
Lead Stories, "Fact Check: Wife of Pfizer CEO Is NOT Dead," Nov. 12, 2021
Email interview with Keanna Ghazvini, a Pfizer senior global media relations associate, Nov. 15, 2021
Newschecker.in, "After Falsely Claiming Pfizer CEO’s Arrest, Canadian Website Now Claims His Wife Is Dead Due To Vaccine Complications," Nov. 12, 2021
Albert Bourla tweet, Nov. 11, 2021
Pfizer, "Board members," accessed Nov. 15, 2021
PolitiFact, "No, Pope Francis has not been arrested," Jan. 11, 2021
Lead Stories, "Fact check: George Soros NOT arrested for election interference, NOT in federal custody," Nov. 23, 2020
Reuters, "Fact check: False article claims Barack Obama was ‘arrested for espionage,’" Nov. 30, 2020
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