FACT CHECK: No, Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel Did Not Worship Baphomet

Joseph Casieri | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports the military found evidence Moderna CEO Stephane Bancel worshipped Baphomet before he was hanged.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. There is no evidence such an execution took place or that Bancel worshiped any demonic figures.

Fact Check:

Moderna has claimed their new COVID-19 booster provided better protection against the Omicron variant and triggered an immune response against newly-emerging variant BQ.1.1, according to CNBC. However, the company and Pfizer are both looking into a “rare side effect” that was linked to their respective COVID-19 vaccines, WWMT reported.

The Facebook post purports before his execution a Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) court conducted trial proceedings that uncovered Bancel’s occult behavior, which reportedly stemmed as far back as 2016. The post is attributed to Michael Baxter on Nov. 29.

“The late Moderna CEO Stephan Bancel, whom the military hanged on November 18, had long worshipped a demonic entity called Baphomet . . .,” the post reads. ” . . . according to diary-like entries JAG investigators siphoned from the clot shot manufacturer’s iPad.”

This claim is baseless. There are no credible news reports suggesting that Bancel had been arrested, executed or died. The post stems from a Nov. 29 article on the satirical news outlet Real Raw News.  The website clearly self-identifies on its ‘about us’ section as “humor, parody, and satire.”(RELATED: Did CNN Report The Russians Gave Brittney Griner A DNA Test To Determine Her Gender?)

This is not the first time a post has been promoted as true on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a claim Charlie Hebdo published a cover depicting Ukrainians promoting Nazism.

Joseph Casieri

Fact Check Reporter

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