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• The list of ingredients for COVID-19 vaccines is published and does not include non-biological components such as graphene chips or nanochips.
• The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention specifies that COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals and manufactured products, including microelectronics.
• The German Society for Pathology denounced information from the symposium where the claim originated and said the data was not based in science.
A German symposium billed as a gathering of physicians and pathologists included bold, unfounded claims about "undeclared" components of COVID-19 vaccines and deaths from vaccinations.
Summarizing information from the event, one blogger wrote that pathologists found "a host of non-biological components ... in the blood of vaccinated people," including graphene chips and nanochips.
But the claim is not supported by evidence. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention publishes a list of ingredients for COVID-19 vaccines, which does not include non-biological components. The CDC also specifies that COVID-19 vaccines are free from metals and manufactured products, including microelectronics.
Also, the German Society for Pathology said it "distances itself sharply" from the symposium, which the organization noted was led by two retired pathologists and an electrical engineer. The society said the data was not based in science.
The blog post says the session at the symposium where the "non-biological components" were discussed was titled, "Undeclared Components of Covid-19 Vaccines." We could not identify any information to corroborate the claim that the vaccines have undeclared components.
The only active ingredient in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines is messenger ribonucleic acid, known as mRNA, which contains genetic instructions for your body about how to make proteins present on the COVID-19 virus. That allows the body to respond to the foreign proteins by building an immune response. Inactive ingredients in the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines include lipids (which are fats), salts, acids and acid stabilizers, and sugars.
The active ingredient in the AstraZeneca vaccine is a weakened adenovirus, which is a common cold, that has been modified with genetic material from the coronavirus.
The symposium was not the first time we’ve seen false claims about COVID-19 vaccines and foreign substances, including graphene and nanochips. PolitiFact and other fact checkers debunked claims about graphene after Spanish researchers said they had discovered it in Pfizer’s vaccine. And there is no evidence vaccines contain nanochips.
Writing about a German symposium, a blogger said pathologists found "a host of non-biological components ... in the blood of vaccinated people," including graphene chips and nanochips.
The claim is not supported by evidence. The published list of ingredients for COVID-19 vaccines does not include non-biological components and specifically says the vaccines are free from metals and manufactured products, including microelectronics. The German Society for Pathology disavowed the symposium and said its findings were not scientifically sound.
We rate this claim Pants on Fire!
BBC, "Covid: How does the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine work?," May 7, 2021
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Interim Clinical Considerations for Use of COVID-19 Vaccines Currently Approved or Authorized in the United States: Appendix C: Ingredients included in COVID-19 vaccines," accessed Oct. 22, 2021
Germany Society for Pathology, "Statement by the DGP on the press conference "Cause of death after COVID-19 vaccination," Sept. 2021
Health Desk, "What are the ingredients in the AstraZeneca vaccine?" Dec. 4, 2020
Health Feedback, "There is no evidence that COVID-19 vaccines contain graphene or parasites," Oct. 15, 2021
Odysee.com, "Cause of death after COVID-19 vaccination & Undeclared components of the COVID-19 vaccines," Sept. 23, 2021
PolitiFact, "No, chip on COVID-19 vaccine syringes would not be injected or track people," Dec. 15, 2020
PolitiFact, "No evidence of ‘graphene oxide’ that’s ‘toxic’ in Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine," July 8, 2021
Techopedia.com, "Nanochip," accessed Oct. 22, 2021
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