Are Pfizer and Moderna mRNA COVID-19 vaccines associated with an increased risk of serious adverse events of special interest? No, that's not true: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said in an email to Lead Stories that the vacc
Despite persistent claims to the contrary, none of the three authorized or approved COVID-19 vaccines contains fetal tissue. In an early phase of development, two of the coronavirus shots — the mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna ̵
Some mainstream news outlets misrepresented a statement the Supreme Court justice made in a dissenting opinion.
REVIEW An article published by the website The Daily Sceptic, formerly known as Lockdown Sceptics, claimed that “Covid Vaccines More Likely to Put You in Hospital Than Keep You Out, BMJ Editor’s Analysis of Pfizer and Moderna Trial Data Finds”
Social media users tried to sow doubt and confusion about the safety and efficacy of vaccines after British health authorities found traces of vaccine-derived polio in sewage water.
Denmark reported the first monkeypox outbreak in 1958. There is no clinical evidence linking this outbreak to polio vaccines.
Did the now-suspended COVID vaccine mandate for flight attendants cause a shortage in staffing that was to blame for widespread June 2022 flight delays? No, that's not true: None of the airlines that responded to inquiries by Lead Stories
SciCheck Digest An executive at the German pharmaceutical company Bayer referred to mRNA vaccines used against COVID-19 as an example of innovation in biotech at the World Health Summit 2021. But a website post takes the executive’s words out of
There’s no evidence the vaccines affect fertility.
Claims that cases of sudden, unexpected deaths are actually the result of Covid-19 vaccines are unevidenced. Nor is there currently any evidence that these deaths have become more common in the UK.
Do American children receive up to 72 doses of recommended childhood vaccines between birth and 18? No, that's not true: Using the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Child and Adolescent Immunization Schedule, Lead Stories could
Does an "official study" confirm that COVID-19 shots increase the risk of infection from the virus? No, that's not true: One of the authors of the study, Laith Jamal Abu-Raddad, said the article uses several numbers from the report out of
According to International Olympic Committee data, “an average of 29 athletes under the age of 35 suffered sudden death per year from 1966 to 2004. From March 2021 to March 2022, 769 athletes have died or suffered cardiac arrest."
Did the head of Bayer's pharmaceutical division admit the COVID-19 vaccines are gene therapy? No, that's not true: The comments made by Bayer's Stephan Oelrich were taken out of context. Speaking about innovation in the pharmaceutical ind
Americans 65 and older should get newer, souped-up flu vaccines because regular shots don't provide them enough protection, a federal advisory panel said Wednesday.
Do COVID-19 vaccines reduce breast milk supplies, which has caused the baby formula shortage, and is billionaire Bill Gates behind the whole scheme? No, that's not true: A September 2021 study found that a small proportion of women report
A viral article recently published at The Defender claims in its headline “COVID-19 Vaccines linked to New Type of Incurable, Fatal Degenerative Brain Disorder.”The Defender is a news website of the Children’s Health Defense, a non-pr
Reports of death following vaccination do not mean that the vaccine caused the death.
The U.S. opened COVID-19 vaccines to infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
A California doctor who is a leading figure in the anti-vaccine movement was sentenced to two months in prison for storming the U.S. Capitol, where she delivered speeches to rioters during the mob's attack.
SciCheck Digest Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome, or SADS, has been studied for decades and is caused by genetic heart problems. But social media posts suggest, with no evidence, that SADS is related to COVID-19 vaccines.
REVIEW On 10 June 2022, pop singer Justin Bieber published an Instagram video announcing that he had been diagnosed with a rare neurological condition called Ramsay Hunt syndrome. In the video, Bieber explained that the condition was caused by “th
Did singer Justin Bieber say that the COVID-19 vaccine ruined his life? No, that's not true: A Daily Mail article that describes Bieber's bout with facial paralysis due to Ramsay Hunt syndrome doesn't mention any of Bieber's thoughts on C
The rare deaths in young adults have been linked to cardiac disorders.
Justin Bieber’s Ramsay Hunt syndrome and Haley Bieber’s blood clot were caused by COVID-19 vaccines.
REVIEW On 8 June 2022, political commentator here and here, demonstrating the article’s ability to mislead online users. Sudden arrhythmia death syndrome (SADS), sometimes incorrectly called sudden adult death syndrome, occurs in young, apparently
There's no evidence a COVID-19 vaccine caused the singer's facial paralysis. The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines outweigh the risks.
In recent weeks, many accounts across various social media platforms have been resharing an old Times article claiming the AIDS epidemic was triggered by the smallpox vaccine. Although the article is real, there is no evidence for its claims. Published
Ray Liotta died because of the COVID-19 vaccine.
At least 175 active duty and reserve service members have already received the Novavax vaccine, some even traveling overseas at their own expense to get it.
“U.S. Orders MILLIONS Of Smallpox Vaccines Amid Global Monkeypox Outbreak.”
The chimpanzee adenovirus vector used in AstraZeneca vaccines is harmless to humans and does not cause monkeypox.
Are "young and fit women under 40" dying from blood clots that are caused by the COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: The screengrab of the article posted is missing the context -- that the article was about a study in Scotland that end
Does data given to the Food and Drug Administration before Pfizer COVID-19 shots were officially approved show up to 97 percent of vaccinated pregnant women lost their babies? No, that's not true: The Pfizer document that was released as
This claim is based on several debunked conspiracy theories and misinterpretations of reported data.
A Facebook post falsely suggests that there is a link between the recent rise in monkeypox cases and a key component of the AstraZeneca Covid-19 vaccine. The post features a screenshot from a real government information page listing the ingredien
An article published by The Exposé, a blog which regularly publishes misinformation about Covid-19, and shared on Facebook has claimed that official government reports suggest recent reports of monkeypox are not genuine. It claims these in