Fact Check-Canadian TV reporter’s on-air medical incident not linked to COVID-19 vaccines

Social media users are sharing a video of a live broadcast from Canadian media outlet CTV News Edmonton that shows a reporter saying she’s feeling unwell and losing her balance and are linking this to COVID-19 vaccines.

One person on Facebook shared the clip and wrote: “TV reporters stroking out...brought to you by Pfizer” (here). More examples of the claim can be found (here) and (here).

In a Jan. 8 segment, CTV News Edmonton reporter Jessica Robb can be heard telling anchor Nahreman Issa: “Sorry Nahreman. I’m not feeling very well right now and I’m about to just...” before appearing to lose her balance.

CTV Edmonton tweeted about Robb’s health on Jan. 9, stating that she “is feeling better and is now resting” (here).

The Canadian broadcaster also released a statement on Twitter on Robb’s behalf, where the reporter dismissed claims linking the incident to COVID-19 vaccines. “While I will not share private medical information publicly, I can say that there is no cause for concern, and that my understanding of my own medical background provides a reasonable explanation for what happened. I can, however, confirm that the situation was in no way related to the COVID-19 vaccine,” she said (here).

Robb did not immediately respond to a Reuters request for comment.


False. A statement from CTV on Jessica Robb’s behalf said the incident was not related to the COVID-19 vaccine.

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