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Did Nancy Pelosi fake getting COVID-19 vaccine?

This post first appeared at Fellowship of the Minds

The New York Post reports that on Friday, December 18, 2020, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), 80, and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), 78, both got their first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine.

Pelosi tweeted photos of herself receiving the inoculation, and this message:

“Today, with confidence in science & at the direction of the Office of the Attending Physician, I received the COVID-19 vaccine. As the vaccine is being distributed, we must all continue mask wearing, social distancing & other science-based steps to save lives & crush the virus.”

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Here are the two photos Pelosi tweeted. In the picture on the left, note how the left hand of the physician giving her the injection obscures the syringe.

But the New York Post has a photo from a different angle, which shows the syringe still has an orange safety cap on. I added the red circle.

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Here’s a close-up of the syringe:

Three days after Pelosi got “vaccinated,” websites were quick to poo-poo the fake vaccination story. As an example CheckYourFact claims that:

Other photos from Pelosi’s vaccination show the needle extended beyond the orange part of the syringe. The orange part is likely a needle hub meant to connect the needle to the syringe….

While the needle is not clearly visible in the press pool photo featured in the post, other photos from the event show that the needle extends beyond the orange part of the syringe. For instance, a picture available on Getty Images shows the needle shortly before she received the injection. In another photo available through Reuters, the needle is also visible past the orange part.

The orange piece that some social media users mistakenly thought was a cap is likely a needle hub. A needle hub attaches the needle to the syringe and does not cover the needle, according to the Pharmaceutics and Compounding Laboratory at the University of North Carolina Eshelman School of Pharmacy.

This is what a needle with the orange safety cap look like:

This is what the orange hub look like:

Here’s the Reuters photo of Pelosi getting vaccinated which supposedly shows the needle extending beyond the orange hub of the syringe:

Read the rest at Fellowship of the Minds

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