Australia’s national medicines regulator is considering referring social media posts it deems vaccine “misinformation” to police over fears they could be in breach of the criminal code.
The move comes after comments appeared below a federal politician’s post on Facebook addressing vaccinations and coronavirus.
The comments falsely claimed coronavirus vaccines have caused 210 deaths, citing the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) weekly vaccine safety report from 27 May.
SBS News reports the actual TGA listing said: “Apart from the single Australian case in which death was linked to TTS [Thrombosis with thrombocytopenia syndrome or blood clots], COVID-19 vaccines have not been found to cause death.”
The TGA said in a statement some social media posts masquerading as official government health sources and promoting misinformation are “particularly concerning.”
The body said such actions could be a criminal offence, attracting a maximum penalty of two years in jail, and it was considering