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
There is no evidence that children are dying due to COVID-19 vaccines. Data presented to support this claim has not been verified.
On Sept. 13, Nicki Minaj tweeted that she wasn’t vaccinated against COVID-19, and that if she does get vaccinated, it won’t be until she feels like she’s “done enough research.” About 20 minutes later, the Trinidadian-born rapper tw
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
Cases of myocarditis of COVID-19 vaccine are rare and typically mild. You are more likely to experience myocarditis if you have COVID-19.
Two U.K.-based individuals, whose claims are largely based on COVID-19 misinformation narratives, have requested that the ICC look into the matter.
The claim stems from a conspiracy theory to discredit the vaccine's safety and efficacy.
A COVID variant that is immune to vaccines has reached Britain Daily Express print edition, 8 September 2021. The Daily Express print edition reported on 8 September that there have been 53 cases of the Mu variant of Covid-19, and described it as a &l
The Daily Expose is known to spread COVID-19-related misinformation. This article has misrepresented the conclusions of all three studies cited.
Hoping to prevent another school year from being upended by the pandemic, President Joe Biden visited a Washington middle school to push his new COVID plan, accusing some Republican governors of being “cavalier” with the health of children.
SciCheck Digest Afghanistan has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination program and, although administration of vaccines has slowed due to internal armed conflicts, the program is still under way. But some prominent conservative purveyors of misinformation
The online influencer Nohun (real name Raurie Williams) has wrongly described the risks and benefits of the Covid-19 vaccine for children in an Instagram video that has been viewed more than 330,000 times. The video was posted on 7 September 2021, and
We’ve been asked on WhatsApp for information regarding the Covid-19 vaccines in use in the UK and whether there are any long-term effects on babies born to women who were vaccinated in pregnancy. What do we know about any long-term effects? Given
Students age 12 and older in the Los Angeles school system must be vaccinated before they can return to classrooms next year under one of the toughest anti-COVID mandates enacted in the nation.
Did the Taliban survive from February 2020 through August 2021 with no vaccines, no masks or business shutdowns and capture Afghanistan with no mass deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic? No, that's not true: These claims were made without
The legalization of alkaline hydrolysis has been misrepresented. The law is not related to COVID-19 vaccines, which are proven to be safe.
A Facebook post claims the German government has halted the use of Covid-19 vaccines, saying they are unsafe. The post states there has been a two week “pause” of licensing of the drugs so the government can “reflect on damages
A widely shared post on social media includes a video featuring the former Pfizer scientist Mike Yeadon. The video includes lots of misleading or incorrect information about the Covid-19 vaccines. We haven’t fact checked every single claim,
Experts have said that COVID vaccines could be linked to cases of immune thrombocytopenia, but that such reactions are rare and treatable.
Did Germany halt all COVID-19 vaccines because they are unsafe and no longer recommended? No, that's not true: Clickbait headlines, capitalizing on the language barrier, are representing as factual a multiday broadcast event that made cle
An article on the website TCW, formerly known as Conservative Woman, warns against teenagers receiving the Covid-19 vaccine, citing claims that vaccine deaths have overtaken the number of Covid-19 deaths in “healthy” people during the whole
Nationwide, zoo animals including tigers, lions, and gorillas have tested positive for COVID-19.
Studies show that Pfizer and Moderna vaccines are more effective than other vaccines in fighting the Delta variant of COVID-19.
While mass inoculation of this age group has not yet been approved in the U.K., this is not due to safety concerns of COVID-19 vaccines.
Some of the biggest school systems in the U.S. are taking a hard line with teachers and staff members who are not yet vaccinated against COVID-19: Get a jab or lose your job.
In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk false claims made by a doctor in Idaho about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and treatments. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have been found to be safe and effecti
A COVID-19 infection can severely harm a person. It is not clear that "natural" immunity is stronger than the protection induced through vaccines.
REVIEW As of 23 August 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has authorized two and approved one COVID-19 vaccines: the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna and Janssen vaccines. The Janssen vaccine is an adenovirus-based vaccine, where the instruct
More than 800,000 service members have yet to get their shots, according to Pentagon data.
We’ve been asked on WhatsApp whether there is any reason to avoid the Covid-19 vaccines currently available in the UK during the first trimester of pregnancy. Dr Jo Mountfield, consultant obstetrician and vice president of the Royal College
Does a doctor share evidence of vaccine harm to an Ohio school board? No, that's not true: A man who appeared at a school board meeting in Ohio repeated multiple COVID-19 vaccine conspiracy theories that Lead Stories has previously debunk
REVIEW In early August 2021, several posts (see examples here, here, and here) claiming that COVID-19 vaccination will cause fertility problems, blood clotting, and increase the chances that the virus bypasses previous immunity to it (immune escape)
mRNA is different from DNA. mRNA can’t combine with DNA to alter our genetic code.
We all deserve information we can trust, especially when making important decisions about our health. For pregnant women and their families, this has been an especially worrying time. Vaccine uptake among pregnant women has been lower than other
A Daily Expose article has misinterpreted data from Public Health England to falsely claim that vaccines increase the risk of death.
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
We’ve seen a number of claims over the last few months about the Covid-19 vaccines and miscarriages. Here we debunk a few of the most common ones. What we know so far There is no scientific reason the vaccine might be expected to affect pregnancy
We’ve been asked on WhatsApp for information regarding the Covid-19 vaccines and womens' fertility. The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) which is the professional association of pregnancy, childbirth, and women's reproduct
On July 20 2021, a Facebook account shared the following image text, which contained the claim that polio and smallpox “never reached herd immunity”: Text across a nature-like background read: I don’t know who needs to hear this but
An article from TCW Defending Freedom (formerly, The Conservative Woman) reports what it claims are “five key Covid truths that could have saved us from self-destruction.” It sources these to Dr Peter McCullough, a Texas-based cardiologist,