A California health official had to compose himself Tuesday after an Orange County Republican asked him if the COVID-19 vaccine contained tracking devices.
“In the vaccine, we heard about an injection of a tracking device. Is that being done anywhere?” Orange County Board of Supervisors member Don Wagner asked the county’s health care agency director, Dr. Clayton Chau.
After a long pause, Dr. Chau laughed.
“I’m sorry, I just have to compose myself,” Dr. Chau said. “There is not a vaccine with a tracking device embedded in it that I know of exists in the world. Period.”
A clip of the moment went viral, garnering over 1 million views online:
The question arose during a county supervisors’ meeting to discuss vaccine passports and maintaining the region’s coronavirus state of emergency declaration. Wagner tweeted earlier this month that he had received the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.
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