First Covid-19 Vaccine Recipient Part Of Media Conspiracy?
A recent viral tweet presents the claim that the first recipient of the COVID-19 vaccine may be part of a media conspiracy. The tweet was made by conservative activist Mindy Robinson and has over 6 thousand retweets currently. The tweet shows a screenshot of a BBC article from December 8, 2020, covering the story of Margaret Keenan who became the first person to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in the UK. The tweet then juxtaposes this with a screenshot of a CNN article from October 22, 2020, which also includes a picture of Keenan getting the vaccine injection.
Robinson claims that since Keenan is shown getting the vaccination in both October and December, the story is illegitimate and that the media is misleading regarding the vaccine.
However, Robinson’s claims are wrong and stem from a misunderstanding of how CNN presents articles on its website. CNN, like various other news organizations, displays the latest news stories in video format on top of other articles. This is why the screenshot shown in the post contains an image of Keenan alongside the article. The CNN article in question does not mention the vaccine or Keenan at all and only covers the death toll of the COVID-19 disease.
CNN did not publish the images of Keenan receiving her vaccine in October as that had not happened yet. Searching for Margaret Keenan on the CNN website shows that the earliest articles that mention her appear on December 8, 2020. Reverse-image searching also shows that photos of Keenan receiving the vaccination were not published before that date by any news organization.
As the claim does not have any valid sources and comes from a misunderstanding of how the CNN website works, the claim is debunked.