A Facebook video post shares a clip of the Transport Secretary Grant Shapps saying: “We know that double vaccinated, fully vaccinated people are much more likely to get and also carry the coronavirus".
It follows this with another video showing a document with what appears to be a ‘plan’ of the Covid-19 variants that will appear in future. The video finishes with a man making many claims about the Covid-19 vaccines.
The video of Mr Shapps is genuine, but he misspoke in the clip. He meant to say double vaccinated people are “less” likely to catch coronavirus, instead of “more”. The document seems to be fake, and several of the other claims are false or need more context.
Did Grant Shapps say that?
Full Fact has confirmed with the Department for Transport that, during his interview with BBC Breakfast on 9 July 2021, Mr Shapps did say: “We know that double vaccinated, fully vaccinated people are much more likely to get and also carry the coronavirus".
His office told us that this was a simple error, and Mr Shapps had intended to say that fully vaccinated people are much less likely to get and carry the coronavirus.
A Public Health England (PHE) study from June, for example, showed that two doses of vaccine are 79% effective against symptomatic disease, and 96% effective against hospitalisation with the Delta variant (which is currently dominant in the UK). We also know that people who are vaccinated are less likely to transmit the virus, even if they do get infected.
There isn’t a Covid-19 variant ‘plan’
The video also includes a document, written in Spanish, showing the ‘Lanzamiento’ (launch) date for what appear to be different SARS-CoV-2 variants, many of them in the future. The document features logos from the World Health Organization (WHO), John Hopkins University and the World Economic Forum.
This document seems to be a fake that has been circulating at least since July. Reuters have previously fact checked it and deemed it to be a chart of unknown origin which has been misattributed to reputable organisations.
The WHO and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation confirmed to Full Fact that the document has nothing to do with them, and Reuters received confirmation of the same thing from the World Economic Forum. Reuters did not receive a response from John Hopkins University and, at the time of writing, nor have we.
The idea that the variants have planned ‘launch’ dates appears to imply that the Covid-19 variants are being intentionally released. There is no evidence to suggest this. We have writtenbefore about how the Covid-19 variants come about.
This article is part of our work fact checking potentially false pictures, videos and stories on Facebook. You can read more about this—and find out how to report Facebook content—here.
For the purposes of that scheme, we’ve rated this claim as partly false
because Grant Shapps did mistakenly say this, but the document included in the video seems to be fake, and several later claims are false.
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