REVIEW On 12 September 2023, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) held a meeting discussing COVID-19 vaccines. Writer Alex Berenson used data presented at this meeting to
Have COVID-19 vaccines "killed 20 million people" since their rollout? No, that's not true: The article making this claim cited a 2022 study that estimated COVID vaccines had saved -- not killed -- nearly 20 million lives in the first yea
SciCheck Digest Flu shots and vaccines that protect children against measles, mumps and rubella have been effective in preventing illness, serious disease and death. But a meme has been circulating with the false suggestion that those vaccines are
CLAIM: Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that COVID-19 vaccines will not prevent any deaths among teenagers and lead to 100,000 to 200,000 severe side effects.
REVIEW A Facebook video posted on 6 August 2022 showed Steve Kirsch, a known spreader of COVID-19 misinformation, claiming that the COVID-19 vaccines caused higher rates of death than previously reported. Specifically, he claimed that these deaths
Has the state of Florida officially classified COVID-19 mRNA vaccines as bioweapons? No, that's not true: There is no legislation in Florida that has classified mRNA vaccines as bioweapons as of September 18, 2023. One county Republican o
Updated COVID-19 vaccines are being rolled out in the U.S., aimed at targeting the latest, prevalent variants of the disease. The updated vaccines, from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna, are available for those ages 6 months and older. The Food and D
REVIEW Researchers from Yale University, Suberi et al., published a study in August 2023 on a new technology for mRNA vaccine delivery. In early September 2023, a video from the Epoch Times claimed that this technology could be used to “dissemi
REVIEW On 9 September 2023, political activist group Judicial Watch posted a video of an interview with scientist Robert Malone, conducted by the group’s director of investigations Christopher Farrell. The video, which contains several claims abou
“Florida sort of had a mandate because they were giving the vaccine, they were demanding everybody take the vaccine.”
REVIEW A study from researchers at the University of Melbourne became the basis of claims on social media that the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine damaged children’s immune response against other diseases. One example of such a claim can be seen in thi
REVIEW On 29 August 2023, Rebel News, a Canadian website recognized for spreading COVID-19 misinformation and conspiracy theories, published an article and video titled “Why you should think twice before considering a COVID booster”. The article
CLAIM: Vaccines for the flu, measles, mumps and rubella were developed decades ago, yet the diseases haven't been eradicated, proving that the immunizations don’t work.
Did a 2023 "government report" prove that "millions of children" who were vaccinated with the Pfizer mRNA COVID-19 vaccine developed a condition known as "vaccine acquired immune deficiency, or VAIDS"? No, that's not true: There was no "g
REVIEW The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a document on 23 August 2023 summarizing what was known at the time about a new SARS-CoV-2 variant called BA.2.86. In the document, the CDC reported that “BA.2.86 may be mo
SciCheck Digest People with cancer are particularly vulnerable to severe disease and death from COVID-19. Vaccines provide needed protection. It has not been shown that COVID-19 vaccines cause or accelerate cancer. Nor does a recent paper about a m
REVIEW In August 2023, the headline of a Daily Wire article claimed that the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) had “Remove[d] COVID Vaccine Adverse Event Reports” from its website. Daily Wire’s contributors Ben Shapiro and
Speaker at World Economic Forum conference proposed adding COVID-19 vaccines to water supply.
Women vaccinated against COVID-19 face "unknown side effects that could perpetually go down through the lineage" to their children.
A Facebook post repeats the claim that Covid vaccines are causing death to children on a large scale. This isn’t true.
The World Health Organization said there is "a possible causal relationship" between COVID-19 vaccines and multiple sclerosis.
REVIEW Entrepreneur and podcaster David Harris Jr. posted a picture on Instagram of headlines from two news articles, one from CNN in January 2021, and the other from the Washington Post in October 2022, with the caption “Just posting two headline
Is mRNA being integrated into "every childhood vaccine" without regulatory reapproval? No, that's not true: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) calls the claim "completely false." There are rigorous regulatory processes in place t
Does a study conducted by researchers at the Cleveland Clinic provide an "absolute direct linear correlation" that the more COVID-19 vaccines a person receives, the higher likelihood that person has of contracting the disease, thus provin
SciCheck Digest A video repeating the claim that COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for the sudden onset of various visible ailments — such as fainting and facial paralysis — is making the rounds, again. But, just like the other, similar
Does a "secret CDC report" show hundreds of thousands of children "died suddenly" in the United States following the COVID-19 vaccine rollout? No, that's not true: The author or authors of the article making the claims did not find any su
COVID-19 vaccines have killed 676,000 Americans.
REVIEW In a video from August 2023, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and InfoWars employee Rob Dew claimed that the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines contain a bovine protein called alpha-gal that “creates an autoimmune response in those
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False.
REVIEW The claim that COVID-19 vaccines are responsible for the deaths of many people is a recurring theme of disinformation that Health Feedback has refuted on previous occasions. In yet another iteration of this claim, entrepreneur Steve Kirsch pu
Does data collected from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS) prove that COVID-19 vaccines are "killing an estimated 1 person per 1,000 doses," resulting in "676,000 dead Americans"? No, that's not true: The claim originated
Did Pfizer employees in Australia receive a special batch of imported COVID-19 vaccines that were different from what the public was given? No, that's not true: Pfizer global media relations told Lead Stories that the pharmaceutical and b
REVIEW On 27 July 2023, The Epoch Times published an article by Klaus Steger, a molecular biologist who specializes in the gene regulation of sperm development, carrying the headline “COVID-19 Vaccines and Boosters Were Never Made With mRNA”. Th