The Exposé, also known as The Daily Exposé, is a British conspiracist website created in 2020 by Jonathan Allen-Walker. It is known for publishing COVID-19 and anti-vaccine misinformation.
The Exposé was created in November 2020 by Jonathan Allen-Walker, a mechanic from Scunthorpe in Lincolnshire. In March 2021, Twitter suspended the site’s main account, but it created several alt accounts to get around its ban. Following its second ban, the site relied on pairs of alt accounts to avoid losing all of its followers or the ability to tweet, and accused Twitter of censorship.
In June 2021, The Exposé falsely claimed that there was a significant increase in the number of women who had miscarriages as a result of getting the COVID-19 vaccine. In January 2022, The Exposé promoted a conspiracy theory claiming that Germans fully vaccinated against COVID-19 “[would] have full blown Covid-19 vaccine induced acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) by the end of [the month].”
In March 2022, The Exposé falsely claimed that a study proved that COVID-19 had been created by Moderna. The study, which was published in the Frontiers in Virology research journal, said that Moderna had patented a 19 nucleotide genetic sequence uniquely matching a part of the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein three years prior to the pandemic. Craig Willen, an immunobiology professor of the Yale School of Medicine, likened the study and its hypothesis to “complete garbage” and a “conspiracy theory” rather than actual research. The Exposé‘s article was republished by Chinese state media outlets, including China Daily and Global Times.
Reviews of articles from: The Exposé
Article by The Exposé failed to account for caveats listed in U.K. vaccine surveillance reports; falsely claims fully vaccinated people have weakened immunity
Incorrect: Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome, or AIDS for short, is a condition caused by infection by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), not vaccination.
Misrepresents source: The Vaccine Surveillance Reports published by the U.K. Health Security Agency explicitly states that the data regarding case numbers cannot be used to calculate vaccine effectiveness, as its data doesn’t account for issues like differences in healthcare seeking behavior and changes in behavior following vaccination.
Vaccine effectiveness measures the proportionate reduction in the risk of an outcome, such as infection, symptomatic disease, and hospitalization. The COVID-19 vaccines have demonstrated a high level of effectiveness in reducing disease, hospitalization, and death. As such, vaccinated people are much less likely to fall ill and develop severe disease compared to unvaccinated people.
FDA experts support COVID-19 vaccines, didn’t author unsupported allegations of vaccine-caused deaths
‘FDA experts reveal the Covid-19 Vaccines are killing at least 2 people for every 1 life they save’
Misrepresents sources: The claim that COVID-19 vaccines have killed more people than they saved was falsely attributed to FDA officials or experts at an FDA meeting. In fact, the claim was made by a member of the public without scientific training.
Unsupported: The claim that COVID-19 vaccination led to excess deaths isn’t supported by records of weekly deaths presented by the CDC.
Flawed Reasoning: Reports in the U.S. VAERS database can’t be used as evidence that a vaccine is responsible for adverse events in recipients. It contains unverified information that on its own can’t prove a causal link. It can’t be used to compare the adverse event numbers for COVID-19 vaccinations with other vaccines. This is because COVID-19 vaccines were distributed under Emergency Use Authorization with different rules for reporting adverse events than previous vaccines, thus changing the rate of reports.
The COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective at protecting people from disease, hospitalization, and death. While they come with side effects, their benefits outweigh their risks. The FDA Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee is in charge of evaluating data about vaccine effectiveness and safety and issuing recommendations regarding their use. The committee also holds public hearing sessions where interested members of the public may present their views on the matter. The committee met on 17 September 2021 to discuss the use of a third dose of COVID-19 vaccines and approved its use for people above 65 and people particularly vulnerable to the disease.