Only 4,570 people died within 21 days of a vaccine dose during this period. These deaths were by no means linked to the vaccine.
SciCheck Digest Public health officials around the world have explained that erectile dysfunction is not a side effect of COVID-19 vaccines, but a viral tweet from rapper Nicki Minaj has spread the unfounded claim that it is. There is no evidence to su
We’ve been asked on Whatsapp whether being pregnant means you can have a shorter gap than eight weeks between Covid-19 vaccine doses. We asked NHS England this question and it referred us to the Public Health England (PHE) Green Book, which provi
The government claims that the increased time between two doses of Covishield is based on scientific data, not due to a shortage.
We’ve been asked on WhatsApp how long pregnant women should wait between getting their routine vaccines in pregnancy, and getting a Covid-19 vaccine. The guidance from NHS England is to wait seven days between the Covid vaccine and any other vacc
REVIEW On 12 July 2021, New York Magazine published an article by journalist David Wallace-Wells, titled “The Kids Are Alright: Why now is the time to rethink COVID safety protocols for children — and everyone else”. The article discussed the
Posts circulating on Facebook and Instagram claim the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will stop using its COVID-19 test because it cannot differentiate between the COVID virus and flu viruses. “CDC has just announced they will revoke t
Did the CDC report that deaths related to COVID-19 vaccines had skyrocketed and that more people were dying of the vaccine than the disease? No, that's not true: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention did not make any such announc
CDC "will revoke the emergency use authorization" of the PCR COVID tests because those tests don't differentiate between COVID and flu viruses. "Translation: They've been adding flu cases to Covid cases when using that test.”
Several posts on Instagram have compared the rollout of a swine flu vaccine in the US in the 1970s with the Covid-19 vaccination programme. The posts claim that the rollout of the swine flu vaccine in 1976 was halted after it caused 32 deat
Was Gloria Steinem the author of a comparison between abortions and buying guns? No, that's not true: Although Steinem posted such a comparison on social media, she noted that she was not the author of the message. The claim appeared in a
A video of an 2018 aerial stunt went viral again in 2021.
REVIEW On 21 July 2021, multiple social media posts drew attention to the website of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported a doubling of death reports made to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System. The specific sta
Norway's women's beach handball team was fined in July 2021 for protesting against the sport's "bikini bottoms" requirement.
“SIDE EFFECT? Possible new link found between Pfizer jab and heart condition - the 5 symptoms to watch for” The Sun, 3 June 2021. We’ve seen reports in the media of a “probable link” between the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine an
Can you tell the difference between a venomous snake and a nonvenomous one by the way they swim? No, that's not always true: Some venomous snakes do swim on top of the water, but some swim submerged and the same is true for nonvenomous sn
Are 40% of cops "domestic abusers"? Yes, according to one old study, that's true, but other studies found the percentage was much lower. Estimates ranged between 5% and 40%, and challenges around collecting accurate data abound. The claim
REVIEW In late May 2021, the claim that COVID-19 vaccines could cause blood vessel damage to vaccinated people went viral on social media platforms, including Facebook, Instagram, Reddit, and Twitter. Many posts and articles (see examples here, and
REVIEW Starting mid-March 2021, India experienced a massive second wave of COVID-19 cases. As of 20 May 2021, there have been more than 25 million confirmed cases and almost 300,000 registered deaths in India since the beginning of the COVID-19 pand
Three photos have been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, along with a claim that they show tens of thousands of people rallied in Indonesia in support of Palestinians in May 2021. The claim is false. While h
Amid a shortage of the Covishield vaccine in India, the NTAGI recommends increasing the dosage to 12-16 weeks to strengthen the vaccine's efficacy.
A nationwide lockdown has not been imposed. States and UTs have been asked to implement strict containment measures in places seeing a surge in cases.
A photo has been shared in multiple posts on Instagram and Facebook alongside a claim that the first televised football match was between Arsenal and Everton in 1937. The claim is misleading. The photo was taken after a match between Arsenal and their
The centre has not announced free vaccination for 18-45 years old whereas many state governments have said they will provide free vaccines.
A Facebook post with photos of large fires in a city purports to show the aftermath of a recent bombing in Gaza City. This is misleading. While there was indeed a bombing in April 2021, the pictures show older events.
Does casein -- the main protein in milk -- cause cancer? No, that's not true: casein is not listed as a carcinogen by the International Agency for Research on Cancer or the U.S. National Toxicology Program. The claim originated from a vid
A spider's home is where the heart is.
There were 58 motions for cloture between 1917 and 1970. In 2020, there were only 118, which is about twice as 58, and not five times more.
A rapid systematic review of COVID-19 and hearing difficulties revealed a possible link between COVID-19 and audio-vestibular symptoms (hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo).
An article shared thousands of times on social media claims a study from a renowned US cancer center found that Covid-19 mRNA vaccines could be linked to cancer. But the researchers did not examine such vaccines, and the article falsely portrays the ac
Social media posts are circulating in Nigeria with pictures purporting to show dilapidation on the railway line linking Nigeria’s southern oil-rich city of Port Harcourt to Maiduguri, in the country’s northeastern region. This claim is misleadin
A claim that Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has suffered cellulitis caused by an AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter. The claim is false: according to medical experts, cellulitis is a skin infectio
“The death rate in Andalucía almost halved following the introduction of their Vitamin D policy. Tragically, here in the UK our death rate more than doubled over the same period, despite us having 5x the vaccinations.” David Davis MP
A Facebook post shared in South Africa alleges that the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccines have “killed” hundreds of people in the United States according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But this claim
Quick Take A tweet shared on Instagram baselessly claims that a person is 300 to 900 times more likely to die “after getting the #Covid vaccine than the flu vaccine.” But the comparison is faulty — and there is no proof that people are dyin
A routine review of content labeled satire.
Black activists are coming out strongly against a growing narrative among conservatives that equates the deadly siege on the U.S. Capitol with Black Lives Matter protests of racial injustice.
A post comparing the cost of Covid-19 test and trace systems in Wales, England and the Republic of Ireland has been going viral on social media. We’ve looked at these sorts of claims before. They use uncomparable figures and are highly misl
A video showing people on a beach looking up at a light in the sky has been shared on social networks alongside claims it captured the recent conjunction between Jupiter and Saturn, a planetary alignment dubbed by some as the “Star of Bethlehem”. B