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Video shows nurse practicing ahead of COVID-19 vaccine distribution

December 16, 2020 GMT

CLAIM: A video clip shows that a nurse on a German television show faked giving the COVID-19 vaccine without a needle. 

AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. The footage shows a logistical rehearsal ahead of the approval and  distribution of vaccines in the city of Darmstadt, Germany. The vaccine has yet to be approved in Germany. 

THE FACTS: As Pfizer and the German company BioNTech’s vaccine is distributed in the U.S., Britain and Canada, posts online are claiming that a clip shows a nurse who “forgot the needle” when administering the vaccine in Germany. 

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The clip, which is being shared on Twitter by a QAnon conspiracy and pro-Trump account, has been viewed more than 80,000 times. In the clip, a health care worker wearing a yellow hazmat suit and white gloves practices administering an injection to a patient’s arm, and then applies gauze while another worker in blue gloves puts on a bandage. 

“Well, the television team of the ‘Current Camera’ stupidly forgot the needle for the propaganda video,” the caption being shared with the clip said. 

The 8-second clip was taken from a segment on the security of vaccination centers in Germany against vaccine opposition groups, which was shown on WELT, a German TV news channel. 

The full segment available on YouTube shows the interaction between the health care worker and the patient. AP reached out to WELT who confirmed that the footage shows a logistical test run before vaccinations are administered in Darmstadt, which is near the German city of Frankfurt. 

The event took place on Dec. 5 to prepare for vaccination centers opening in the city, according to a city news release. City officials said that they wanted the rehearsal to look as realistic as possible. 

The European Medicines Agency has yet to approve the vaccine for Europe. The group is now set to discuss the vaccine on Dec. 21 after German officials demanded that the agency move up the date. 

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