Over the past few hours, the news of Elisa Grentato’s death has been wildly circulating all over the internet. Grenato is the first volunteer in the Oxford’s coronavirus vaccine trial.
Medical Correspondent for the BBC, Fergus Walsh has made it known through Twitter that Grentato is still alive and not dead as earlier speculated.
Fake news has been circulating on social media that the first volunteer in the Oxford vaccine trial has died. This is not true! I spent several minutes this morning chatting with Elisa Granato via Skype. She is very much alive and told me she is feeling “absolutely fine” pic.twitter.com/iWAtYaSkRZ
— Fergus Walsh (@BBCFergusWalsh) April 26, 2020
Twitter has been circulating an article from “n5ti” (sounds legit 😑) saying “Elisa Granato, the first volunteer in UK coronavirus vaccine trial has tragically died two days after receiving the vaccine.”
IT’S FALSE pic.twitter.com/SPtK8mMJr9
— Natasha Del Riego (@ndelriego) April 26, 2020
Dr Elisa Granato (1 of the 1st to be injected with the trial vaccine) was reported to have died after 2 days, but her account has tweeted to say its a fake story – but then protected itself.
The tweet was sent at the same time as the story was published. The story is still live. https://t.co/YerHUomkMc
— Bryan Smith (@BpsmithUk) April 26, 2020