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”
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."
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
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.
The rare deaths in young adults have been linked to cardiac disorders.
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
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
A claim that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said heart attacks are 71 times higher following the Covid-19 vaccine than following other vaccines, and that the vaccines are killing two people for every one they save is not true. This claim app
A post on Instagram claims that the current monkeypox outbreak is a side effect of the Covid-19 vaccines. There is no evidence this is true. What does the post say? The post includes two pictures from the cartoon Scooby-Doo, showing the unmasking of an
REVIEW On 13 May 2022, the U.K. Health Security Agency (UKHSA) notified the World Health Organization (WHO) of two confirmed cases of monkeypox in patients from the same household and without recent travel history to areas where the virus circulates
Shingles is a reactivation of the chickenpox virus in previously infected individuals. Its transmission routes are not related to COVID-19 vaccines.
Do COVID-19 vaccines cause monkeypox and shingles? No, that's not true: There's no evidence that either disease is caused by the shot for COVID. Both monkeypox and shingles are caused by specific viruses, neither of which are included in
A rare outbreak of monkeypox outside of Africa has health officials worldwide scrambling to find its source and contain it. The disease is not as easily spread as COVID-19 and vaccines are available, so pandemic-weary Americans shouldn’t expect lockd
REVIEW On 10 May 2022, comedian Theo Von posted on Facebook a four-minute video clip of an interview between him and Robert F. Kennedy Jr. The clip was an excerpt of a 45-minute interview for Von’s podcast This Past Weekend, which was first publis
Did the U.S. military find pesticides in Moderna COVID-19 vaccine vials? No, that's not true: Not only are there no pesticides on the ingredients list for Moderna's COVID-19 vaccine, but the Department of Defense press office issued a sta
“Your government quietly confirmed the fully vaccinated are developing Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome.”
Most COVID-19 vaccines are found to provide protection against the transmission of COVID-19 in around 50 percent of recipients.
When Joe Biden was sworn in as president, two COVID-19 vaccines had already been authorized and millions of people nationwide had been vaccinated against the disease. But in a May 12 tweet touting economic progress made under Biden, the White House fal
A post on Facebook claims: “Mandatory Vaccination for the EU Just Went Through Under the Radar”. The post adds that the “European Council has amended resolution 2361 and no longer objects to compulsory vaccination.”
Is it "satire," or gaslighting the public with potentially dangerous medical misinformation? You be the judge.
A post on Facebook, apparently discussing the Covid-19 vaccines, claims: “Imagine a product expected to be taken multiple times by billions of people...that was presented in a way that led those people to believe its effectiveness was 98% good...
Claims that Pfizer had recently released documents stating that the Covid-19 vaccines were not recommended during pregnancy and breastfeeding have been shared thousands of times on Twitter. The posts, which show an extract from an official-lookin
REVIEW On 27 April 2022, The Epoch Times published an article in which gynecologist James Thorp and former Pfizer scientific advisor Michael Yeadon associated COVID-19 vaccines with poorer pregnancy outcomes and fertility problems. The article recei
These so-called "Pfizer Docs" have been a source of several false claims.
“mRNA Vaccines Show No Mortality Benefit - Danish Study”
REVIEW On 27 April 2022,
REVIEW On 15 April 2022, the WHO issued a multi-country alert about an increase in cases of severe acute hepatitis (inflammation of the liver) of unknown origin in previously healthy children. The severity of the cases was striking for being uncommo