Fact check: Fabricated doctor tweet about COVID-19 vaccine circulates – USA TODAY

by | Jan 17, 2023 | COVID-19

The claim: Image shows a doctor tweeting she would not regret taking the COVID-19 vaccine even if it killed herA Jan. 2 Instagram post (direct link, archive link) purports to show a screenshot of a tweet. “I will never regret the vaccine,” reads the text. “Even if it turns out I injected actual poison and have only days to live. My heart and is was (sic) in the right place. I got vaccinated out of love, while antivaxxers did everything out of hate. If I have to die because of my love for the world, then so be it. But I will never regret or apologize for it.”The Instagram user expressed disbelief over the doctor’s sentiment.“I always wondered what they would begin telling themselves once they realize we were right, but I could have never guessed this one,” the user said.The Instagram post received more than 700 likes in a week.Follow us on Facebook! Like our page to get updates throughout the day on our latest debunksOur rating: AlteredThe image is not authentic. The doctor in question said the tweet is fabricated, and nothing resembling it can be found on her now-private Twitter account or on archived versions of her account. The message in the fake tweet also exceeds Twitter’s character limit.False tweet attributed to doctor who advocated COVID-19 for vaccinationThe physician the tweet is attributed to, Dr. Natalia Solenkova, is a critical care medicine specialist in Florida who amassed more than 30,000 Twitter followers. Her account is now private, but she posted several messages on it where she states the supposed tweet is “fake tweet fraudulently made under my authorship” and complains about not being able to get it taken out of circulation.There is no message resembling the tweet on her account or on archived versions of her account.Perhaps the clearest sign the image is fraudulent is the message’s length. Tweets are currently limited to 280 characters and the message is more than 330 characters. Twitter CEO Elon Musk indicated in December that he wanted to greatly expand the character limit, but nothing has …

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