Disinfo: Trump says the flu shot is a scam invented by Big Pharmacy


The flu shot is a scam invented by Big Pharma to earn huge money on people’s vulnerabilities and make patients even more sick. This was stated by US President Donald Trump.


Another conspiracy theory about vaccination.

This is a distorted quote from then US presidential candidate Donald Trump. In 2015, during an interview on the American radio show Opie & Jim Norton, Trump was asked if he had an annual seasonal flu shot, which the politician answered in the negative. Trump also told reporters that he considers the flu vaccine for the 2014-2015 season (the vaccine strain to be changed every year) “virtually totally ineffective” and stated that he does not like the idea of introducing into his body what he called “bad stuff”.

At the same time, Donald Trump emphasised that other people should not refuse a flu shot. “I’ve passed on it, but that doesn’t mean [other] people should,” Trump said. In addition, there was no talk of “vaccine fraud” in the conversation. Trump also did not refer to Big Pharma, and did not blame medical corporations for "scam to earn huge money on people's vulnerabilities."


  • Reported in: Issue 199
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 15/05/2020
  • Language/target audience: Russian
  • Country: US
  • Keywords: Conspiracy theory, vaccination, Donald Trump
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