A post is being widely being shared on social media claiming that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the United States has said that coronavirus vaccines have failed and people who are vaccinated can be super-spreaders.
Many social media users are sharing a screenshot of a purported news report by a website named ‘Natural News’. The title of the report reads, “CDC confesses: Vaccines are failing, and the vaxxed can be super-spreaders.”
NewsMobile did a fact-check and found the claim to be fake.
On searching with the keyword, ‘CDC vaccine failing, natural news’, we found a similar article was published on the website Natural News on July 29, 2021, with the title, “CDC confesses: Vaccines are failing, the vaxxed can be super-spreaders, demands return to mask mandates for everyone, including the vaxxed.”
We read the whole article and it had attributed its content to Yahoo News. We also scanned through the website and found that most of its content promoted anti-vaccine propaganda.
A link in the article attributes an article of Yahoo News. We clicked on the link and found an article By Business Insider published on Yahoo News on July 28, 2021. The headline of the report read, “CDC says fully vaccinated people spread the Delta variant and should wear masks: ‘This new science is worrisome’.”
The article spoke about the updated guideline of the CDC. Earlier CDC had said that those who are fully vaccinated can shun wearing masks. However, later on July 27, 2021, the guidelines were updated and they recommended that even those who are fully vaccinated should also wear masks.
However, nowhere in the report was it mentioned that vaccine has failed. The report said that the Delta variant makes it easier for vaccinated people to transmit the virus, but it also mentioned that vaccines remain highly effective at preventing severe disease, no matter the variant.
The report quoted CDC director Rochelle Walensky as saying, “Information on the Delta variant from several states and other countries indicates that, on rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the Delta variant after vaccination may be contagious and spread the virus to others. This new science is worrisome and unfortunately warrants an update to our recommendations.” Walensky also said that most of the transmission, severe disease, hospitalization, and death happened in those who are unvaccinated.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky also tweeted, “We also found a Press release by CDC published on July 30, 2021, which says that vaccinated people can also have high SARS-CoV-2 viral loads of new Delta variants and so they can transmit the virus to others. Thus, the updated guideline suggests the vaccinated people also wear masks to prevent the further spread of COVID-19.”
#DeltaVariant is highly contagious. It results in a higher viral load seen in the unvaccinated & in the small proportion of those who are vaccinated & become infected. Get vaccinated. Wear a mask in public indoor settings if in areas of high or substantial transmission. https://t.co/MarakFEwZm
— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) August 2, 2021
Hence, from the above information, it is clear that the viral post is fake.
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