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‘Doctors and Experts Advise Against Taking Experimental Jab’: Fake Headline Circulating

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A February 2021 article published by The Times (UK) bore the headline, "Doctors and experts advise against taking experimental jab."

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On March 3 2021, a screenshot  February 2021 headline from The Times (UK) — “Doctors and experts advise against taking experimental jab” — spread virally across anti-vaccine social media groups.

It looked like this:

We first spotted the circulating screenshot via a March 3 2021 post on the page “DAWI (Detox, AntiVax and Woo Insanity) 2, Electric Woogaloo.”  That post included a screenshot from the Facebook group “Vaccine Talk: An Evidence Based Discussion Forum”:

The “DAWI 2” page shared the screenshot as a critique of anti-vaccine content. However, we located several contemporaneous posts featuring the same screenshot, apparently spreading without sanction across social media, particularly Facebook.

The screenshot read:

THE TIMES
Tuesday February 16 2021
Dr. Kauffman from The World Doctors Alliance speaks out (By Penny Bartholemew)
Doctors and experts advise against taking experimental jab
By ALBERT YOUNG MEDICAL CORRESPONDANT
Last night’s controversial Panorama episode ‘Vaccines: The Disinformation War’ questioned the facts presented by doctors and experts in a video that has gone viral; ‘Ask the Experts’ made by Oracle films and Fiona [illegible] of information site Covileaks. The video includes eminent experts and doctors including Dr. Andrew Kaufman, Dr. Mohammed Adil and Dr. Heiko [illlegible] amongst many more.
The BBC have been well known to use standard propaganda techniques to push the government’s narrative around the experimental ‘vaccine’ rollout, which so far remains unchallenged in the media. However, the concerns about this experimental jab are growing amongst leading doctors globally and they say it is time their voice is heard. Continued on pages 4-7
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To the right of the “Doctors and experts advise against taking experimental jab” article was a column titled “Open letter from MD on Covid Vaccine,” attributed to a “Frank Shallenberger, MD, HMD.” It read:

Dear Patients and Friends,
Last week I must have been asked 20 times about the new COVID vaccines. Here are my thoughts. Please pass this information onto many as you can. People need to have fully informed consent when it comes to injecting foreign genetic material into their bodies.

  1. The COVID vaccines are mRNA vaccines. mRNA vaccines are a completely new type of vaccine. No mRNA vaccine has ever been licensed for human use before. In essence, we have absolutely no idea what to expect from this vaccine. We have no idea if it will be effective or safe.
  2. Traditional vaccine simply introduce pieces of a virus to stimulate an immune reaction. The new mRNA vaccine is completely different. It actually injects (transfects) molecules of synthetic genetic material from non-humans sources into our cells. Once in the cells, the genetic material interacts with our transfer RNA (tRNA) to make a foreign protein that supposedly teaches the body to destroy the virus being coded for. Note that these newly created proteins are not regulated by our own DNA, and are thus completely foreign to our cells. What they are fully capable of doing is unknown.
  3. The mRNA molecule is vulnerable to destruction. So, in order to protect the fragile mRNA strands while they are being inserted into our DNA they are coated with PEGylated lipid nanoparticles. This coating hides the mRNA from our immune system which ordinarily would kill any foreign material injected into the body. PEGylated lipid nanoparticles have been used in several different drugs for years. Because of their effect on immune system balance, several studies have shown them to induce allergies and autoimmune diseases. Additionally, PEGylated lipid nanoparticles have been shown to trigger their own immune reactions, and to cause damage to the liver.

That particular letter was real, in that it was written and shared by Nevada-based chiropractor and “alternative medicine” advocate Frank Shellenberger. It was not published on the front page of The Times on February 16 2021 (nor on any other date), but its inclusion was a clever twist of disinformation, because it adds a certain veneer of respectability and authenticity; people searching for the letter would be likely to find iterations of it circulating elsewhere, and thus conclude it was indeed published in that newspaper on that date.

As for the authenticity of the “Doctors and experts advise against taking experimental jab” headline, it was easily identified as false. For one thing, The Times pointed out the attempted hoodwinking themselves.

For another, it is also easy to double-check using third-party sites. This is the actual front page for the news organization on February 16 2021 — note that not only was the headline not “Doctors and experts advise against taking experimental jab,” it in fact read, “Vaccination is reducing admissions and deaths” and “New figures sugggest jab also cuts transmission,” leaving no doubt that this is disinformation all the way down.