An article claiming that Rady Johnson, the vice-president of pharmaceutical company Pfizer, has been arrested following the release of documents related to the COVID-19 vaccine is being shared massively on social media.
However, the story was published in 'Vancouver Times' which is a satirical website.
Pfizer has been targeted with misinformation since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and even more since the beginning of the vaccination drive. Its CEO, Albert Bourla, was also targeted earlier with claims that he had been arrested on charges of fraud and also that he himself didn't take the COVID-19 vaccine.
A screenshot of the article whose headline reads, "VP of Pfizer arrested after #pfizerdocuments get released" is being shared massively on Twitter and Facebook.
The posts mention that he was arrested following the release of the documents showing "shocking trial data".
THE ARTICLE APPEARED ON A SATIRICAL WEBSITE
This article was published on 6 May 2022 on a website called 'Vancouver Times’.
The story claimed that Federal officials detained Rady Johnson, Pfizer's executive vice president, at his residence and charged him with multiple counts of fraud after Pfizer disclosed thousands of confidential documents revealing the exact hazards of the experimental vaccine.
However, this was not a legitimate news story. Rady Johnson has not been arrested or charged with any criminal offence. Such an incidence has not been reported by any credible news outlet.
Vancouver Times' "About Us" section clearly mentions that it publishes content for "satirical purpose" only and the website has even added a disclaimer in the article stating the same.