Did the US military just convict Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel, and sentenced him to death?!
Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the FACTS really are!
Claim : US Military Sentenced Stephane Bancel To Death!
On 15 November 2022, Michael Baxter (real name : Michael Tuffin) wrote an article claiming that a US military tribunal just convicted Moderna CEO, Stéphane Bancel, and sentenced him to death!
It is long and rambling, so please feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!
Truth : US Military Did NOT Sentence Stephane Bancel To Death!
The truth is – this is just another FAKE STORY created by Real Raw News, just to generate page views and money.
Fact #1 : Real Raw News Is A Fake News Website
Real Raw News is a FAKE NEWS website that capitalises on making shocking but fake stories to generate page views and money.
To protect himself from legal repercussions, the owner and writer, Michael Baxter (real name – Michael Tuffin), claims that his articles are “humour, parody, and satire“.
This disclaimer, which is not clearly mentioned in his articles, lets him keep creating fake news that will go viral, and generate him money.
His articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should NEVER share anything from his website. Here are some of his fake stories that I personally debunked earlier:
- Moderna CEO Stéphane Bancel Arrested For Murder?!
- Were Anthony Fauci & Loretta Lynch Executed In Gitmo?!
- Did US Special Forces Just Arrest Dr. Anthony Fauci?!
- Did US Air Force Pilots Resign Over Vaccine Mandate?
Fact #2 : No Legitimate Report Of Stephane Bancel’s Arrest
Only Real Raw News has published his fantastical account of US special forces arresting Stéphane Bancel outside a DC restaurant. That’s because Michael Baxter / Tiffin made it up.
Naturally, there is no news from any legitimate news outlet, or the US military, about Stephane Bancel’s arrest and sentencing.
How likely is it for a one-man operation like Real Raw News to have a scoop on this “story”?
Fact #3 : Moderna Is A Public-Listed Company
Moderna is a public-listed company, and is traded on the Nasdaq as MRNA. Its shareholders would have to be informed if their company CEO was really arrested, and sentenced to death.
It is NOT POSSIBLE to keep quiet and pretend it didn’t happen. It’s not even legal to cover up such an event from the shareholders.
Fact #4 : Stéphane Bancel + Moderna Issued A Press Statement
On Thursday, November 16, 2022 – one day after Real Raw News published that fake story, Moderna announced positive results for its two bivalent vaccines targeting the Omicron variant of COVID-19 – mRNA-1273.214, and mRNA-1273.222.
Instead of being incarcerated in Guantanamo Bay, as Michael Baxter/Tiffin claimed, Stephane Bancel announced from Cambridge, Massachusetts that:
Only Michael Baxter / Tiffin can persist with such a stupid lie, and only his idiotic fans will continue to believe his fake stories.
Fact #5 : Only Enemy Combatants Are Detained At Gitmo
It is ludicrous for Real Raw News to claim that a US military tribunal in Gitmo (Guantanamo Bay) convicted Stephane Bancel, and sentenced him to death.
The Guantanamo Bay prison is only used to detain high-value enemy combatants. Stephane Bancel is not an enemy combatant by any military or legal definition, and would never be detained there.
If Stephane Bancel really committed a crime in the United States, he would have been brought to trial in an American court.
Fact #6 : US Military Tribunals Are Only For Foreign Combatants
It is also stupid for Real Raw News to claim that Bancel was trialed and convicted as an enemy combatant in a military tribunal, when he is a French civilian.
Military tribunals in the United States can only be conducted for members of enemy forces during wartime. The United States is not at war with France.
Needless to say – Stephane Bancel is also not in the French military, so even if he was arrested, there is no way he would be tried in a military tribunal.
Fact #7 : Death Sentences Take Years To Execute
It is also hilarious that Real Raw News readers actually believe the bullshit that someone sentenced to death would be executed just days later.
That may be possible in a country like North Korea, but certainly not in the United States
Death row inmates in the United States wait an average of 178 months – about 15 years after their sentencing, before they are executed.
In fact, none of the six Gitmo inmates charged with capital crime in the 9/11 attacks in 2001, and the attack on USS Cole in 2000, have actually been trialled to date, never mind convicted and sentenced to death.
Fact #8 : Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine Under FDA Regulatory Oversight
The Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was confirmed to be safe and effective, after it successfully concluded its clinical trials with an efficacy of 94.5% against symptomatic COVID-19 infection, in a large study involving over 30,000 participants.
The VRBPAC committee vetted and discussed the study findings on 17 December 2020, and recommended that the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine receive its Emergency Use Authorisation, which the FDA granted on 18 December 2020.
Like ALL other vaccines, the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine was under FDA regulatory oversight. If Moderna lied about their results, the FDA would not have continued to re-issue or amend its EUA and full approval time and time again.
|Letter of Authorization (Reissued)||October 12, 2022|
|Letter Granting EUA Amendment||December 9, 2021|
|Letter of Authorization (Reissued)||November 19, 2021|
|Memorandum to the File||October 20, 2021|
|Decision Memorandum||October 20, 2021|
|Advisory Committee Meeting Information||October 14, 2021|
|Letter Granting EUA Amendment||August 30, 2021|
|Decision Memorandum||August 12, 2021|
|Letter Granting EUA Amendment||June 25, 2021|
|Letter Granting EUA Amendment||April 1, 2021|
|FDA Decision Memorandum||December 18, 2020|
|Advisory Committee Meeting Information||December 17, 2020|
Everything that Real Raw News posts should be regarded as FAKE NEWS.
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