By Simon Muli
A screenshot shared on Facebook claims that the United States supreme court issued a ruling to repeal universal vaccination.
“Bill Gates, US Chief Infectious Disease Specialist Fauci, and Big Pharma have lost a lawsuit in the US Supreme Court, failing to prove that all of their vaccines over the past 32 years have been safe for the health of citizens! The lawsuit was filed by a group of scientists led by Senator Kennedy,” reads the screenshot text.
The text also contains an unfinished quote purportedly by Senator Kennedy Jnr.
The full text of the quote by Mr Kennedy has been published in another Facebook post with a similar claim.
It reads, “The new COVID vaccine must be avoided at all costs. I urgently draw your attention to important issues related to the next vaccination against Covid-19. For the first time in the history of vaccination, the so-called latest-generation mRNA vaccines directly interfere with the genetic material of the patient and therefore alter the individual genetic material, which is genetic manipulation, which was already prohibited and was previously considered to be a crime”.
PesaCheck has previously debunked the claim that COVID-19 vaccines are used as agents for genetic manipulation.
Given the ongoing global inoculation against the virus, a ruling to repeal universal vaccination by the US supreme court would have received widespread media attention, yet an internet search does not bring up any credible media reports on the same.
Instead, search results bring up a number of fact-check articles, including by AFP which conclude that the claim in question is false.
Additionally, the “senator” referenced in the claim is not a member of the US Senate, but a nephew of a former president, the late John F. Kennedy, and who has carved out a reputation as an anti-vaxxer.
One article by Vanity Fair states that he blames Bill Gates for “forced” vaccinations of millions of African children. In February, Instagram de-platformed Kennedy for posting misinformation about COVID-19 and vaccines, the BBC reported.
Also, there is no information about the said ruling or a case mentioning Dr Fauci and Gates on the website of the country’s supreme court and the US does not have a law on universal vaccinations in the first place.
While all the 50 US states have legislation requiring specified vaccines for students, the National Conference of State Legislators states that none of them has passed a law that mandates universal vaccinations.
On 8 December, 2020, US President Joe Biden told a press conference that he would not make vaccination mandatory.
Further, the claim that Gates and Dr Fauci lost a lawsuit in the US supreme court, for failing to prove that all of their vaccines over the past 32 years have been safe for the health of citizens also has no basis in fact.
The claim appears to be in reference to a 2018 court ruling pertaining to a lawsuit by the Informed Consent Action Network (ICAN) against the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
Kennedy represented ICAN in the lawsuit which sought to force HHS to either provide copies of its biennial vaccine safety reports to Congress or admit it never filed these reports.
However, the case took place at the US District Court in the southern district of New York and not the Supreme court.
PesaCheck has looked into the claim that the US supreme court has canceled universal vaccination, and finds it to be FALSE.
This story was produced by Africa Uncensored in partnership with Code for Africa with support from Deutsche Welle Akademie.