A clip of a character from a British soap collapsing in a bathroom has been shared by social media users who claim, without foundation, that it is part of a narrative to “normalise” what they falsely suggest are reactions to COVID-19 vaccines.
The 33-second video, seen here , here and here , shows a fictional character from BBC soap Eastenders collapsing and having a seizure in a scene filmed for television.
One social media user, who used the hashtag #covid19vaccine, said the clip was evidence of producers “normalising SADS [Sudden Adult Death Syndrome] for the #sheeple” (here).
The claim that SADS and vaccines are linked is outside the scope of this fact check, though other fact-checking websites have addressed the claim in the past (here and here ).
The Eastenders scene is not related to SADS or COVID-19 vaccines. It is related to a storyline in which character Lola Pearce, played by Danielle Harold, is diagnosed with a brain tumour (here).
Reuters has previously addressed baseless claims linking COVID-19 vaccines to cancer (here and here ).
False. The Eastenders storyline is about a brain tumour. It is unrelated to vaccines.
This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here.
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Ugh, just fire!
People say in cases like this – Ahal Uncle, looking at himself 🙂
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