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Fact Check-German outlet did not report that Pfizer-BioNTech sued Denmark for lifting COVID-19 restrictions

Social media users have shared a fake image purporting to show a screenshot of a German media outlet reporting that Pfizer and BioNTech are suing Denmark over loss of revenue after the country lifted all domestic COVID-19 restrictions. No such article was published by the German media outlet N-TV.de.

The N-TV masthead can be seen at the top of the image with a headline in German that reads: “BioNTech/Pfizer sues Denmark.”

One user shared the image on Twitter and said: “So it seems Biotech/Pfizer is suing Denmark for lost revenue. Because Denmark suspends all Covid-19 measures......” (here).

Another said: “Biotech/Pfizer is suing Denmark for lost revenue. Because Denmark suspends all corona measures. So??? The corona campaign is all about MONEY. This is the proof” (here).

Other examples of the claim made online can be seen (here), (here), (here), (here).

N-TV did not publish any such article, however. Reuters found no such article when examining the N-TV website (www.n-tv.de/), (here).

A Twitter advanced search also did not reveal the article shared on N-TV Twitter accounts (@ntvde_Politik), (@ntvde) (here).

A spokesperson for N-TV confirmed to Reuters that the image was fake, and no such article was published by the outlet.

Reuters found no news coverage pertaining to the claim that Pfizer and BioNTech had decided to sue Denmark.

BioNTech and Pfizer did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Denmark lifted all domestic COVID-19 restrictions on Feb. 1, 2022 (here).

Reuters has previously addressed images shared online purporting to show screenshots of authentic news articles (here), (here).

VERDICT

Altered. A German outlet did not report that Pfizer and BioNTech are suing Denmark because of the lifting of COVID-19 restrictions in the country. The image circulating online is digitally altered.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work here .

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