Is it true that the novel coronavirus has not crossed borders, that 2020 death rates are not higher than an average year, that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe and ineffective and that COVID is no more lethal and infectious than the flu? No,
Quick Take A video circulating on social media falsely claims that vaccines for COVID-19 have a microchip that “tracks the location of the patient.” The chip, which is not currently in use, would be attached to the end of a plastic vial and
REVIEW A meme containing a screenshot from the 2007 American sci-fi/postapocalyptic film “I Am Legend” carries the caption: “Remember, in ‘I Am Legend,’ the sickness didn’t make the zombies. The vaccination did.” The meme went viral on
The first shipments of the newly-approved Pfizer vaccine arrived at hospitals around the country on Dec. 14.
Photos of a 90-year-old British grandmother who became the first person in the world to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine outside of a clinical trial have been shared repeatedly in multiple misleading Facebook posts in December 2020. The po
Shipments of the Pfizer vaccine will set in motion the biggest vaccination effort in American history at a critical juncture of the pandemic that has killed 1.6 million and sickened 71 million worldwide
Trucks are expected to roll out Sunday morning as shipping companies UPS and FedEx begin delivering Pfizer’s vaccine to nearly 150 distribution centers across the states.
White House chief of staff Mark Meadows pressed Food and Drug Administration chief Stephen Hahn to grant an emergency use authorization for Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine by the end of the day or face possible firing.
Quick Take Social media posts are peddling the baseless claim that the first recipient of a COVID-19 vaccine in the United Kingdom was actually a “crisis actor.” There is no evidence for that conspiracy theory. Full Story On Dec. 8, a 90-y
REVIEW This 7 December 2020 video shows a series of 34 clips from individuals from different countries, claiming that COVID-19 vaccines are dangerous and unnecessary because the COVID-19 pandemic is not real. First published on YouTube, the platform
REVIEW The COVID-19 pandemic motivated unprecedented efforts to develop vaccines against SARS-CoV-2, the virus responsible for the disease. Towards the end of 2020, several vaccine candidates reached the approval phase. However, the rollout of these
Did the United Kingdom's National Health Service hire a "crisis actor" to play the part of the first person to receive Pfizer's approved COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: A visual comparison of the Irish granny who got a needle in th
On Dec. 8, 2020, news organizations around the world published stories about the first patient in the United Kingdom to receive the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine outside of trials: 90-year-old Margaret Keenan. Along with the stories came images showing Keena
Social media posts claiming that a Pfizer researcher found that the company’s Covid-19 vaccine will lead to infertility in women have been shared thousands of times. But independent medical experts and Pfizer said no sterilization was documented duri
Is the psychiatrist who leads off a video attack on epidemiology and vaccinology correct in saying there is no SARS-Cov-2 virus, no COVID-19 pandemic, no safe vaccine and no need for one? No, that's not true. Neither Dr. Andrew Kaufman, n
Margaret Keenan has become the first person to receive the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine. She was not implanted with a trackable microchip.
“Because of Brexit we’ve been able to make a decision [to approve the Pfizer vaccine] based on the UK regulator, a world class regulator, and not go at the pace of the Europeans who are moving a little bit more slowly. We do all the same s
Will taking a COVID-19 vaccine kill you or lead to "debilitating" illness? No, that's not true: There is an abundance of evidence to the contrary. For one, between the two farthest along and most robust vaccine trials out of Moderna and P
REVIEW The relatively short timeline in which COVID-19 vaccine candidates have reached the advanced stages of clinical trials have led many members of the public to express concerns about their safety. Following the announcement of the U.K.’s appr
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine was authorized under the European law, and Britain is still subject to EU rules until the end of the year.
SUMMARY A Facebook post claiming that the COVID-19 vaccine will lead to more severe disease, was published in November 2020 and went viral on the social media platform. Similar claims have also been published in other social media posts, like this o
Are vaccines definitively linked to autism? No, that's not true: While some people believe this to be the case -- and are spreading their belief online in advance of release of vaccines to battle COVID-19 -- it remains just that, belief.
A screenshot of a tweet making various claims about Covid-19 and a possible vaccine has been going viral on Facebook. It starts by claiming that Covid-19 “does NOT kill 99.99% of us.” This suggests Covid-19 is much less deadly than it is. T
In a tweet, Sen. Rand Paul misleadingly suggested that immunity from “[n]aturally acquired” COVID-19 was better than that from a vaccine. But it’s not known how immunity from the two sources compares — and the entire point of a vaccine is t
We’ve been asked whether it is true that GPs will be paid to give people vaccinations. We’ve seen variants of this claim posted in relation to both the flu vaccine and a potential Covid-19 vaccine with some stating that GPs will recei
Does the first study of an effective COVID-19 vaccine show that it only reduces symptoms without stopping transmission? No, that's not true: The transmission part of the study is not complete, so it's too soon to say, either way. But, amo
Has it been confirmed that cells from an aborted male fetus are in the COVID-19 vaccine? No, that's not true: AstraZeneca's ChAdOx1 vaccine candidate has been tested using MRC-5 cells, which are replications of lung tissue cells taken fro
Did Ticketmaster announce a plan for mandatory COVID-19 vaccine ID to attend concerts or other live events? No, that's not true: Ticketmaster, and other companies, have been working to design systems to safeguard fan safety at local venue
A number of posts on social media have made comparisons between the reported effectiveness of the potential Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine and reported Covid-19 recovery rate. Text on the posts reads: “Pfizer vaccine is 90% effective Virus has 99.
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In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump claimed — without evidence — that the pharma company Pfizer and his own Food and Drug Administration purposely held off on releasing positive interim results about a COVID-19 vaccine candidate u
REVIEW This video by talkRADIO, a national talk radio station in the U.K., was uploaded to YouTube on 5 November 2020 and went viral on Facebook, receiving more than 93,000 views. The video features a conversation between talk show host Julia Hartle
After months of campaigning, President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden made their final pitches to voters at campaign rallies in key swing states and on TV airwaves. Here we fact-check claims the candidates made in rallies on
REVIEW An article published by SHTFplan.com on 16 September 2020 and reposted on the website Beforeitsnews.com, titled “the [U.S] government has released their initial plans to force a [COVID-19] vaccine on everyone”, has gone viral in early Oct
On Oct. 2, President Donald Trump revealed that he and First Lady Melania Trump had tested positive for COVID-19. Here we answer common questions about the risks of the disease, treatments available and the shortcomings of testing. What do we know abou
Contradicting the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director and other government officials, President Donald Trump incorrectly said in a press briefing that a coronavirus vaccine would be “immediately” available to the general public afte
In a Labor Day press conference and at a rally in North Carolina the following day, President Donald Trump made several unsupported or inaccurate statements about a COVID-19 vaccine and distorted comments made by the Democratic ticket. Trump charged D
In the more than eight months since the novel coronavirus emerged and then spread around the world, scientists across the globe have made rapid progress on developing a COVID-19 vaccine. As of Sept. 3, at least 176 vaccines are in the works, with nearl
As scientists work to find a safe vaccine for COVID-19, President Donald Trump and his Democratic challenger, Joe Biden, have made competing claims about the administration’s plans to carry out the daunting task of distributing hundreds of millio