Coronavirus vaccine participant doing fine after fake reports of her death

A woman who was one of the first people injected as part of human trials for a coronavirus vaccine has said she is ‘doing fine’ after fake reports of her death.

An online article claimed microbiologist Elisa Granato, who took part in the UK trial in Oxford on Thursday, had died following complications when taking the vaccine.

The Government later said the story is ‘completely untrue’, and warned people about sharing unsubstantiated claims online.

Following the article about her ‘death’, Dr Granato tweeted about the news before making her Twitter account private.

She wrote: ‘Nothing like waking up to a fake article on your death … I’m doing fine everyone.’

Dr Granato was one of two people to take part in the trial and said she was ‘excited’ to support the efforts by volunteering.

On Sunday afternoon, the UK’s Department of Health and Social Care tweeted: ‘News circulating on social media that the first volunteer in a UK coronavirus vaccine trial has died is completely untrue.

‘Before sharing unsubstantiated claims online, use the Share checklist to help stop the spread of harmful content.’

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