Social media posts falsely claims COVID-19 was ‘manufactured’ in Massachusetts

A social media post falsely claimed that pharmaceutical companies in Massachusetts “manufactured” the COVID-19 pandemic for profit. The post attempted to back this false claim by stating that there are many pharmaceutical companies, including the headquarters of Moderna and Pfizer, in Massachusetts, and that the CDC director is from Massachusetts.


These types of posts present a narrative that vaccine development is motivated by money rather than public health concerns. This may promote distrust in public health authorities and messaging about COVID-19 as well as reluctance to comply with public health advice in the future. Debunking messaging may emphasize that COVID-19 was not manufactured and that vaccines are one the most cost-effective medical interventions. Prebunking messaging may emphasize that while pharmaceutical companies may profit from vaccines, government investment in vaccines saves lives and prevents serious illnesses.