Fact Check: Does the Moderna COVID Vaccine Contain Pesticides?

An article from Real Raw News claims that the military found pesticides in Moderna COVID-19 vaccines. According to the article, “​​U.S. Special Forces under White Hat authority had raided a Moderna Covid-19 vaccine repository and destroyed approximately 250,000 vials of the company’s precious clot shots.” 

The article continues by noting that per “a source within the general’s office” 10 out of 60 vials of Moderna’s vaccine “contained insecticides, or more specifically moderate concentrations of cypermethrin and resmethrin, synthetic pesticides found commonly in products like Ortho Home Defense.”

This is false. Moderna COVID-19 vaccines do not contain pesticides, and none of the reported “pesticides” are listed as ingredients in the Moderna vaccine

A spokesperson from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Immunization Safety Office tells the Dispatch Fact Check via email that “the Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine does not contain a preservative, therefore, synthetic pyrethroids are not ingredients in the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine.”

Vincent Racaniello, professor of microbiology and immunology at Columbia University, also said the claim is false. “This vaccine has been given to millions of individuals and if it contained pyrethroids the side effects would be terrible. They are not.”

“No study has concluded that the Moderna vaccine contains pyrethroids,” he added. “This is another incorrect piece of information courtesy of the internet.”

Infectious diseases specialist and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine professor William Schaffner pointed out in an interview with The Dispatch Fact Check, that if the claim were true,  the vaccine “wouldn’t pass the Food and Drug Administration’s minimum standards for manufacturing.”

“The whole thing seems beyond impossible,” he said.  

Real Raw News has a history of publishing fake conspiratorial stories, which we have fact checked before

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