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WHO Director-General is vaccinated against COVID-19

WHO Director-General is vaccinated against COVID-19
World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus was vaccinated against COVID-19 on May 12, 2021

Claim: World Health Organization Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus is not yet vaccinated against COVID-19.

Rating: FALSE

Why we fact-checked this: The post containing the claim has over 37,300 reactions, 1,862 comments, and 734,200 views on TikTok, as of writing.

The bottom line: Tedros was vaccinated against COVID-19 on May 12, 2021. He posted a tweet on May 13, 2021, where he showed a photo of himself receiving the vaccine.

A transcript of Jon Cohen’s full interview with Tedros was published by Science.org. Tedros answered “May 12” when he was asked about the date of his first vaccination against COVID-19. 

Jon Cohen, the science journalist who interviewed Tedros, quote-tweeted a post containing the claim, calling it “a lie.

Previously debunked: The claim was also previously debunked by AP News and Reuters.

  • What caused the confusion? David France, director of HBO’s documentary, “How to Survive a Pandemic,” that was shown in the claim, said in an interview with AP News that only parts of Cohen’s interview that were important to the context of the documentary were included

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