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Rhode Island doctor debunks myths about COVID-19 vaccine as rollout gets underway

“If you believe all of this was made up, I have a bridge to sell you.”

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A Rhode Island emergency room doctor is taking on the slate of myths around the COVID-19 vaccine and debunking them as the historic vaccination effort gets underway across the country this week.

Dr. Megan Ranney,  an emergency room physician for Brown Emergency Medicine and director of the Brown Lifespan Center for Digital Health, tackled a range of myths about both the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines in a Tuesday Twitter thread, addressing misconceptions about the trials and efficacy of the injections. 

“If you believe all of this was made up, I have a bridge to sell you,” Ranney said of those questioning the science behind the vaccines.

The Rhode Island doctor isn’t the only physician seeking to dispel hesitancy around the vaccines. Prominent public health figures — from Dr. Anthony Fauci to Dr. Ashish Jha and other local doctors — are making almost daily appeals to the public to get the vaccine when it comes time and answering common questions about the process. 

“There is no magic cure,” Ranney wrote Tuesday. “These vaccines are our hope to getting back to normal.”

Read her full thread below.

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