Fact Check: Video Does NOT Prove PCR Test Can Kill You, Be Used To Vaccinate You

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  • by: Leslie Lapides
Fact Check: Video Does NOT Prove PCR Test Can Kill You, Be Used To Vaccinate You PCR Not Lethal

Can the PCR test kill you and be used to vaccinate you? No, that's not true: The claim is made without proof, and PCR test experts say it's not possible.

The claim originated in a video published on brandnewtube.com on February 9, 2021, by Vernon Coleman titled "The PCR Test Can Kill You and Can Be Used to Vaccinate You" (archived here).

It opened:

We all know now -- well, those of us with functioning brain tissue -- know that the PCR tests are useless for finding cases of COVID-19. But very good indeed at helping governments keep us in our own homes under house arrest. In some parts of the world the PCR tests are regarded as utterly useless. I explain precisely what's wrong with these tests in the previous video, subtly called 'The PCR Test Is Utterly Useless for Covid-19, But Useful for Crooked Governments.

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The PCR Test Can Kill You and Can Be Used to Vaccinate You

Responding to the claims made in the video, Dr. Marie-Louise Landry, director of the Clinical Virology Laboratory at Yale New Haven Hospital, one of the premier virology laboratories in the U.S., told Lead Stories in an email on April 7, 2021:

Swabbing the nose or throat or spitting into a cup will not kill a patient and is not a vaccination.

PCR tests are also used to test for influenza and other common viruses, she said. They can be done via a nasal swab or a throat swab, but also via saliva and sputum spat into a container.

At three minutes, 38 seconds, Coleman tells an anecdote about two people who he says were injured by the nasal swab test, though not killed. One woman's case is described in JAMA Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery as the first cerebrospinal fluid leak after nasal testing for COVID-19 the authors know of. A second woman's case was reported in the Medical Journal of Australia, which called it "extremely rare."

Coleman refers, at six minutes, 37 seconds, to the death of an 18-month-old child in Saudi Arabia, which Al Arabiya reported was shortly after a nasal swab broke during a nasal swab test for COVID-19. Lead Stories could find no independent confirmation that the child died as a result of the swab. If it did happen the way it is reported, a medical analysis of the mechanism of injury would not find the PCR analytical device involved, only the swab, which can be used for any test requiring a sample of bodily fluids from the nose, mouth, or other sites.

Lead Stories has documented false claims about the accuracy of the PCR test here, here, here including false claims that PCR swabs can pierce the blood/brain barrier.

At eight minutes, 30 seconds, Coleman says Johns Hopkins University researchers have developed tiny star-shaped micro devices (called theragrippers) that can deliver drugs and suggests they are being used on PCR swabs:

This hidden injection technology could be used to deliver a vaccine as well as any other drug and it could be delivered through nasal or anal PCR swab. Is this why anal PCR swabs are now being introduced? ... Is this happening? Is it gonna happen? And how the hell would we know if it's already happening?

"Theragrippers have been neither tested nor used for vaccine delivery," said an email from a spokesman for Johns Hopkins Medicine, received April 16, 2021. A November 2020 article about this discovery "has been inaccurately used for disinformation purposes over the past few months," he wrote.

These "dust-sized devices," deployed to the intestines via an endoscope, can latch onto tissue and release medicine they're loaded with. "This nanotechnology has shown promise in a laboratory setting," the Johns Hopkins spokesman said. "However, it is still in its infancy and has not been approved for use in humans."

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  Leslie Lapides

Leslie Lapides is Copy Editor at Lead Stories based in North America. She has been a reporter, copy editor, news editor, business editor, managing editor and senior editor for more than 40 years in Ohio; Kentucky; Indiana; Virginia; Washington, D.C.; and Georgia. Most recently she was managing editor of two nonprofit news publications for the Center for Sustainable Journalism.

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