Fact check: How accurate is Congressman Chip Roy’s claim that Pfizer vaccine for kids under age 5 has ‘zero basis in science’?

Our weekly check-in with the Texas Truth-O-Meter.

By Nusaiba Mizan, PolitiFact/Austin American-Statesman; radio interview produced by Kristen CabreraFebruary 9, 2022 2:32 pm, , ,

From PolitiFact Texas/Austin American-Statesman:

U.S. Rep. Chip Roy, a Republican from Hays County who is running for reelection in Texas’ 21st Congressional District, was not pleased to see news that Pfizer is requesting the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to authorize its COVID-19 vaccine for children under the age of 5.

In a Feb. 1 Tweet, Roy wrote, “Literally using the force of government and the culture of fear to jab children under 5 — with zero basis in science — to make billions of dollars. Shameful, @pfizer.”

Roy linked to a Jan. 31 New York Times article reporting this move ahead of Pfizer and BioNTech’s expected request. Pfizer is seeking authorization for a two-dose regimen while evaluating how well three doses work.

Does Pfizer’s effort to seek authorization for its vaccine for the youngest children have “zero basis in science”? We took a look at that part of the claim…

Read the full story to see how Roy’s claim rated at PolitiFact Texas, or listen to the interview with PolitiFact’s Nusaiba Mizan in the audio player above.

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