Did the commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. David H. Berger, reject Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin's announcement that COVID-19 vaccinations will soon be a requirement for all service members, saying, "There will be no mandatory va
Are "vaccine bandits" abruptly giving unsuspecting pedestrians COVID-19 vaccines and taking over Los Angeles' streets? No, that's not true: The idea was a joke started by a known satirical account on TikTok. The creator of the original vi
Did Donald Trump suggest "people inject versions of poison into their veins"? No, that's not true: Although he speculated in 2020 that injecting disinfectant could have a curative effect on COVID-19, he stopped short of telling people to
Quick Take A manipulated image online shows Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis holding a T-shirt reading, “Your mask is as useless as Joe Biden.” DeSantis and the White House have sparred, including on the issue of masks, but the original photo is f
Was a trip to Israel by the CEO of Pfizer canceled "because he was not vaccinated"? No, that's not true: Albert Bourla canceled his trip because while he had had his first shot, he was still waiting for the second shot of the two-step Pf
SciCheck Digest In a viral video, an Indiana physician baselessly claimed that the COVID-19 vaccines, which have been shown to be safe and effective, “fight the virus wrong and let the virus become worse than it would with native infection.”
Do vaccinated and unvaccinated people face the same risks from COVID-19? No, that's not true: People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 have substantially better outcomes. They are much less likely than unvaccinated people to get s
Did individuals in Italy who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 burn their vaccine "passes" in solidarity with unvaccinated individuals? No, that's not true: Italy's COVID-19 "green" certification is a digital pass -- not a green piece
A video on Facebook with thousands of views makes a number of claims about children and the Covid-19 Pfizer vaccine. A voice in the video says: “In children between the age of 12 to 17 year old that took the Pfizer vaccine, we have 9,246 adverse
The right-wing radio host had repeatedly expressed skepticism about the virus, and opposition to vaccines, before his death in August 2021.
Did Germany's biggest tabloid newspaper, Bild, issue an apology for "Covid hysteria" or "Covid deception" during the coronavirus pandemic? No, that's not true: In a video published in May 2021, Bild's editor in chief Julian Reichelt asked
On or around August 6 2021, a Twitter hashtag (#AskMeWhy) emerged, appearing on numerous tweets asserting that vaccination campaigns were “racist”: I wonder if @NYCMayor has seen this one?#vaccinediscrimination#askmewhy #MedicalApartheid
In 2015, Paul invited a reporter to photograph him getting a vaccine because he was annoyed that he was "being characterized as someone who’s against vaccines."
With COVID-19 infections surging in the United States because of the more contagious delta variant, some have downplayed the number of deaths from the virus and the effectiveness of vaccines. To minimize the importance of vaccination, an Instagram pos
REVIEW On 12 July 2021, New York Magazine published an article by journalist David Wallace-Wells, titled “The Kids Are Alright: Why now is the time to rethink COVID safety protocols for children — and everyone else”. The article discussed the
SciCheck Digest The CEO of Pfizer posted a photo of himself getting the second shot of the COVID-19 vaccine on March 10. But an Aug. 5 tweet from Newsmax reporter Emerald Robinson misleadingly suggested he isn’t vaccinated. She updated the tweet
SciCheck Digest Social media posts are misinterpreting the results of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report, which found 74% of people in a COVID-19 outbreak were vaccinated, to argue against immunization. But experts say the headline-gra
An article claiming that twice as many people have died from the Covid-19 vaccines in six months than have died from the virus itself throughout the entire pandemic has been reshared by a number of websites. This is not true. The “official
Some people opposed to the COVID-19 vaccines say they have a workaround for dealing with businesses that require employees to get the shots. “If your employer is mandating any pokes, do not quit,” said one user in an Aug. 4 Facebook post.
Newsmax White House correspondent Emerald Robinson went viral on Twitter with a claim that the CEO of Pfizer, Albert Bourla, has not been vaccinated against coronavirus. Emerald Robinson ✝️ @EmeraldRobinsonThe CEO of Pfizer had to ca
The COVID-19 vaccines in use around the world are effective at preventing severe illness and death from the coronavirus, but some people do get infected after the shots.
Researchers have estimated that the Pfizer-BioNTech and AstraZeneca vaccines are up to 95 percent effective against the Delta variant.
SciCheck Digest Researchers use genomic sequencing — not the clinical tests used to diagnose patients with COVID-19 — to identify and track specific variants of the novel coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, including the highly contagious delta varian
A widely shared Facebook post contains an image featuring the logos of gov.uk and the Medicine and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency’s (MHRA) Yellow Card reporting scheme. The graphic says “1517 deaths 1,102,228 adverse reactions”
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said richer countries have administered about 100 doses of coronavirus vaccines for every 100 people on average, while low-income countries — hampered by short supplies — have provided only about 1.5
An article by the website Daily Expose, shared on Facebook and Instagram, claims the US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grossly underreported miscarriage figures found in a study on Covid-19 vaccine safety during pregnancy. Howeve
Many medicines, as well as prohibited harmful substances, are all termed "poison" under Australian legislation. COVID-19 vaccines are safe.
President Joe Biden recently said he asked the Defense Department to explore “how and when they will add COVID-19 to the list of vaccinations our armed forces must get, drawing the criticism of people opposed to vaccine mandates. But those crit
Did the United States' public health agency say vaccinated people are "the super-spreaders" of COVID-19? No, that's not true: Although discoveries about the delta variant will continue to change knowledge about it as scientists learn from
Pictures of a sign outside a Costa Coffee store, telling customers that if they want to dine in they need to be able to show proof of immunity and photo ID, have gone viral on social media. What might not be clear on an initial glance is that the pictu
A Facebook post featuring a meme with an image of Albert Einstein says that “people are being diagnosed with Delta variant even though there is no Delta variant test”. This isn’t quite right. Although there are no direct Delta v
Is InfoWars providing evidence-based information when it reports a doctor's claim that COVID-19 vaccines likely cause permanent heart damage in most patients that may kill some within three years? No, that's not true: The report is based
SciCheck Digest Florida health officials have reported a 60% rise in COVID-19 cases, and hospitals are reporting that 95% of COVID-19 patients are not fully vaccinated. But a Facebook post makes the baseless claims that Florida’s numbers are not
“George Washington mandated smallpox vaccines for the Continental Army.”
SciCheck Digest The Biden administration hasn’t introduced COVID-19 travel restrictions on Americans going to Mexico since the delta variant became dominant in the U.S., and it is enforcing immigration laws at the border. But a meme falsely claim
Israel recently postponed its plan to allow vaccinated tourists to enter the country from 1 August in an easing of coronavirus restrictions. This news has been shared on Facebook alongside the claim that vaccinated people account for nearly all s
COVID-19 vaccines are safe. They prevent death and severe sickness from COVID-19.