European leader did not say Nuremberg code should be ignored


A viral story has distorted the comments of the head of the European Commission on compulsory vaccination against COVID-19.

The article in the Post Millennial carried the headline “SHOCKING: following drastic containment of unvaccinated people by Austria, EU chief calls for the removal of the Nuremberg code”. The start of the December 2 article read: “Ursula Van Der Leyen, the head of the European Commission, told reporters on Wednesday that she was in favor of repealing the long-standing Nuremberg Code and obligation to be vaccinated against COVID. “

The story, which misspelled von der Leyen’s name, was shared via Instagram and was reported as part of Facebook’s efforts to tackle fake news and disinformation on its news feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.) The Instagram post included the caption, “You remember a year ago when people called us crazy conspiracy theorists for suggesting things like this were on the horizon ? If you’ve been quiet and politely compliant, now is the time to be bold and end this evil! ”

During a press conference on December 1, 2021, von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, called for a discussion on compulsory vaccination against COVID-19 in the European Union, as a means of increasing the vaccination rate. The Post Millennial story has falsely equated these comments with a desire to despise the Nuremberg Code, a post-World War II treaty that includes the principle that humans should not be unwittingly subjected to medical experiments.

But von der Leyen did not say the Nuremberg Code should be ignored and did not mention the treaty at the press conference.

A spokesperson for von der Leyen said it was not true that she had called for the removal of the Nuremberg Code and referred to video footage from the press conference.

Starting at 12:22 p.m. in the video, a reporter from the Greek News Agency asked von der Leyen about his position on compulsory COVID-19 vaccination. The chairman of the committee replied that it is a “pure competence of the Member States”, which means that the decision rests with the Member States of the European Union.

She noted that a third of the entire population of the European Union – 150 million people – is not vaccinated, although some are not eligible, such as very young children.

Then, at 2:12 pm, von der Leyen said: “I think it is understandable and appropriate to have this discussion now, how we can encourage and potentially reflect on compulsory vaccination in the European Union. It requires discussion, it requires a common approach, but it is a discussion that I think needs to be conducted. “

The Post Millennial article’s reference to the Nuremberg Code appears to come from false claims that COVID-19 vaccinations are a violation of the Nuremberg Code. After World War II, some people were charged under the treaty with performing forced medical experiments.

Experts have said such claims are based on a false premise that COVID-19 vaccinations are medical experiments. The vaccines have been tested on volunteer participants in clinical trials that meet acceptable legal and ethical standards.

Our decision

An article headline reads: “SHOCKING: following drastic containment of unvaccinated people by Austria, EU chief calls for the removal of the Nuremberg code. “

European Commission President von der Leyen called for a discussion on compulsory vaccination within the European Union, as a way to increase vaccination rates. These comments have been falsely equated with a desire to despise the Nuremberg Code. She didn’t say the Nuremberg Code should be ignored.

And COVID-19 vaccinations do not violate the Nuremberg Code. The post grossly distorted von der Leyen’s comments in an attempt to give the impression that she had done something “shocking” by supporting the type of forced medical experimentation that was carried out during the Holocaust. She said no such thing.

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