This week, social media networks scrambled to take down the 26-minute “Plandemic Movie,” a viral conspiracy video spreading false claims about the coronavirus.
Among the discredited, bogus and inflammatory claims that were made by the discredited former research scientist Judy Mikovitz and her co-author, famed anti-vaxxer Kent Heckenlively, were that the coronavirus pandemic was created to make profits off vaccines, masks can make people sicker and that sheltering in place harms the immune system.
But who is Mikovitz? The woman at the center of the saga has a long history with conspiracy theories surrounding vaccines and has been accused of scientific misconduct and theft.
Originally from the East Coast, Mikovits got her BS from the University of Virginia, spent 22 years working for the National Cancer Institute and got her Ph.D. in biochemistry from George Washington University. Her thesis, according to Wikipedia was titled, “Negative Regulation of HIV Expression in Monocytes.”
She left the NCI in 2001and – after