Debunked: No, the AstraZeneca vaccine was not manufactured in 2018
A digitally-altered image of a box for the AstraZeneca vaccine purports to show a manufacture date in 2018, more than a year before the outbreak of COVID-19. Conspiracy theorists are using the doctored image to bolster their claims of a so-called ‘plandemic’. However, the photo is a fake and AstraZeneca did not begin manufacturing its vaccine in 2018. Only an expiration date, not a production date, is included on its packaging. Reuters has debunked this story.