Tucker Carlson drew controversy earlier this week when he questioned whether Covid-19 vaccines are ineffective, and on Thursday, he claimed to viewers that Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla had offered up proof Pfizer’s vaccine dosage “doesn’t work” earlier in the day — in reality, Bourla was just discussing longstanding plans for booster shots.
Carlson pointed to a Thursday afternoon interview with Bourla hosted by CVS Health, in which the executive said recipients of Pfizer’s vaccine will probably need a third dose within a year and annual booster shots after that to keep up with new coronavirus variants, similar to vaccinations for the seasonal flu.
Carlson — who insisted he’s pro-vaccine but is just asking questions — falsely interpreted this as an admission that two vaccine doses “aren’t enough” and “the dose that Pfizer is administering doesn’t work.”
“The CEO of Pfizer came out and seemed to suggest today that, actually, the dose that Pfizer is administering doesn’t work. The CEO of Pfizer just announced that two doses probably aren’t enough,” Carlson said.
Carlson has repeatedly used his show to insinuate public health officials are withholding information about coronavirus vaccines and trying to coerce unwilling patients into getting vaccinated. On Monday, he floated — but did not outright endorse — a new evidence-free theory: Health experts want people to keep socially distancing after getting vaccinated because they secretly know vaccines are ineffective. “Maybe it doesn’t work, and they’re simply not telling you that,” he said.