With the very next assertion—“this is the first time the’ve ever done that in human history”—the scientist had to correct the anti-vaxxer. “Oh, that’s not true,” Professor Tracy said.
The anti-vaxxer went on to claim that because the mRNA in the vaccine is synthetic, the body should “immediately attack it and eradicate it,” so the mRNA is coated in a nanolipid to “keep your DNA from degenerating the RNA, meaning the vaccine would be completely useless.”
It sounds just complicated enough to be true, but Professor Tracy quickly revealed it was not. The anti-vaxxer had actually just taken snippets of truth to “prove” entirely false statements; in this case, the very real nanolipid coating is not added to “keep your DNA from degenerating the RNA.” Professor Tracy interrupted the false logic at one point to say: “Your body doesn’t care if it’s synthetic or not. It just wants to destroy foreign things.”
And so went the fact-versus-fiction exchange for three videos.
Meanwhile, actual people are dying of this virus while politicians and conspiracy theorists alike continue to spread misinformation separating the public from life-saving vaccinations. Dr. Brytney Cobia of Alabama wrote a gut-wrenching Facebook post last month about what she is encountering at work. “I’m admitting young healthy people to the hospital with very serious COVID infections,” she wrote. “One of the last things they do before they’re intubated is beg me for the vaccine. I hold their hand and tell them that I’m sorry, but it’s too late.” Cobia added:
”A few days later when I call time of death, I hug their family members and I tell them the best way to honor their loved one is to go get vaccinated and encourage everyone they know to do the same. They cry. And they tell me they didn’t know. They thought it was a hoax. They thought it was political. They thought because they had a certain blood type or a certain skin color they wouldn’t get as sick. They thought it was ‘just the flu’. But they were wrong. And they wish they could go back. But they can’t. So they thank me and they go get the vaccine. And I go back to my office, write their death note, and say a small prayer that this loss will save more lives.”