“RAPID’s permanent fill-finish production capability will help significantly decrease the United States’ dependence on offshore supply chains and its reliance on older technologies with much longer production lead times. These supplies can be used if a successful SARS-COV-2 vaccine is oral or intranasal rather than injectable,” the release stated.
On May 13, Natural News’ Adams reported on a possible military-enforced vaccination mandate for all American citizens.
“If coronavirus vaccines were planned to be optional – respecting the vaccine choice of individuals – not more than 100 million doses would be needed. The fact that 500 million doses are being manufactured is an admission that the DoD and HHS plan to make coronavirus vaccines mandatory,” Adams wrote.
However, Adams amended his article when the White House released a video of a May 15 news conference where President Donald Trump addressed the claim.
“We’re looking for a full vaccine for everyone that wants to get it,” Trump said. “Not everybody’s gonna want to get it.”
HHS Secretary Alex Azar elaborated on the president’s statement during the same news conference.
“We’re working for a fully approved vaccine. But we’ll also use the tools we have, for instance emergency-use authorization, as appropriate. We use all of our regulatory tools to (make the) vaccine available for the entire American population by January,” Azar said.
Still, Adams floated the possibility of mandatory vaccination at the state level.
“Even if Trump does not push for mandatory vaccines at the federal level, governors may require vaccines at the state level. And this means America will likely be divided into ‘vaccine SLAVE states’ vs. ‘anti-vaccine FREE states.’”
Adams did not respond to a request for comment from USA TODAY.
States generally require vaccines against some communicable diseases for public and private schoolchildren, college and university students, and health care workers and patients in certain facilities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Do the prefilled syringes feature RFID tracking?
Radio frequency (RFID) and near field identification chips can be affixed to the label of a prefilled syringe, according to RAPID USA’s website.
If this option were used, a health care worker could remotely track the time and place of each injection in real-time via a free mobile phone app.
Our rating: Partly false
The DOD and HHS did contract with ApiJect Systems, a company that makes pre-filled syringes, for a mass-production supply chain during an emergency. RFID/NFC tracking is an optional feature of the syringes, according to the RAPID Consortium.
But there is no evidence the contract is a precursor to law-enforced vaccination on the federal or state levels. Trump said that once the coronavirus vaccine becomes available, immunization will be optional. Moreover, generally states only require vaccinations for certain individuals.
We rate this claim as PARTLY FALSE because some of it was not supported by our research.
Our fact-check sources:
- Department of Defense, May 12 press release
- RAPID USA website
- The White House, May 15 remarks on vaccine development
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, vaccination laws
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