False claims that the FDA approved pesticides and cigarettes circulated after the agency issued full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23. But the FDA doesn’t set limits for pesticides in food and never approved cigarettes. Let’s take a look at the facts.
Full FDA approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine on Aug. 23 marked an important regulatory milestone that cleared the way for more employers and institutions to implement vaccine mandates. It’s also the latest sign that the vaccine is safe and effective. Anti-vaccination activists responded to the news by flooding social media with disinformation about the FDA. These falsehoods appeal to many people who are experiencing cognitive dissonance about the vaccine’s full approval.
- "Fact check: Posts falsely link Fauci's wife to FDA vaccine approval and testing"
(McKenzie Sadeghi, USA Today)
- “Fact Check: FDA Approval Of COVID-19 Vaccine Is NOT Illegal; 'Doctor' Does NOT Prove 'Criminal' FDA Regulation Violations”
(Alexis Tereszuk, Lead Stories)
- “Researcher Distorts Facts on COVID-19 Vaccine Approval, Liability”
(Angelo Fichera, FactCheck.org)
- “Thalidomide, morning-sickness drug that caused disabilities, wasn’t FDA-approved for pregnant women”
(Gabrielle Settles, PolitiFact)
- “No, the FDA hasn’t approved cigarettes, or any tobacco product”
(Samantha Putterman, PolitiFact)
- “Fact-checking a claim about the FDA’s role in approving pesticides in food”
(Jason Asenso, PolitiFact)
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