A clip from an interview with Pfizer CEO and Chairman Albert Bourla has been circulating on social media.
In it, he was asked why he hasn’t yet received his COVID-19 vaccine. He responded that as soon as he can he will, but he doesn’t want to cut the line.
“I am 59 years old, in good health, I’m not working in the front line, so my type is not recommended to get vaccination,” he said in the interview.
It was posted on Instagram on Aug. 22 with this text: “Pfizer CEO has not yet had vaccine.”
But this interview is from December, and Bourla has since been vaccinated.
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Though COVID-19 vaccines are now widely available in the United States, there were initially limited doses available, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommended that healthcare workers and other groups vulnerable to catching COVID-19 receive shots first.
This isn’t the first time Bourla’s comments about the COVID-19 vaccine have been taken out of context. In August, we fact-checked a claim that his trip to Israel had been scuttled because he wasn’t fully vaccinated. That was true — back in March, when he postponed the trip because he had received only the first of two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. He received his second dose a few days after a news report about his canceled visit.
Some social media accounts posted that news as if it was new. It wasn’t.
Neither is this interview. Bourla is vaccinated against COVID-19. We rate this post False.
CNBC, Watch CNBC’s full interview with Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla on Covid vaccine rollout, Dec. 14, 2020
CNBC, Pfizer’s CEO hasn’t gotten his COVID vaccine yet, saying he doesn’t want to cut in line, Dec. 14, 2020
PolitiFact, Old story about Pfizer CEO’s Israel trip spreads out of context — and he’s now fully vaccinated, Aug. 9, 2021