Several posts on Facebook have shared an image of a bus with a poster saying “Kids have strokes too” and telling people to “know the warning signs”. The posts suggest that these posters have been put up by the UK governmen
A blog post from 6 November on the “The Truth is Where” website claims that Pfizer chairman and chief executive officer Dr Albert Bourla was arrested on the morning of 5 November at his home in Scarsdale, New York on fraud charges for &ldqu
Did the British Medical Association's news blog reveal flaws that disqualify the results of a contractor's field testing of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine, and were the problems ignored by the Food & Drug Administration and by Pfizer? No,
Do the reported adverse reactions to COVID-19 vaccines in the United States include the deaths of 2,433 babies, and is there another study that shows mRNA shots are not safe for pregnant women? No, that's not true: A Lead Stories analysis
Is SARS-CoV-2, the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19, "not a truly isolated human virus" because it was only replicated in monkey cell lines? No, that's not true: While the origin of the virus is hypothesized to be from an animal, th
Emerald Robinson misrepresented the facts about COVID-19 vaccines.
SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 death rate for unvaccinated people has been significantly higher than for vaccinated people in both Israel and the U.S. Despite that, conservative commentator Ben Swann makes the false claim in a video that Israeli data pro
Was Gov. Gavin Newsom injured and incapacitated by the Moderna booster shot? No, that's not true: California Gov. Newsom said at a live event on November 9, 2021, that he did receive the booster shot on October 27, 2021, but that he had n
Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made headlines when he contracted COVID-19 and then defended his decision not to get vaccinated with a string of false and misleading claims that fact-checkers have frequently debunked. The
Does Pfizer "admit" that people given its COVID-19 vaccine "shed" spike proteins and infect unvaccinated people? No, that's not true. The claim is based on the standard clinical study protocol used for a wide range of medicines. There is
“PURE EVIL: Disturbing Pfizer Ad Tells Kids They’ll Get Superpowers from COVID Jab (VIDEO).” Or so claims the headline of this story from misinformation peddler the Gateway Pundit. The article focuses on a video recently released
Does this video show graphene reacting to electrical impulses, and is there graphene in COVID-19 vaccines? No, both are not true. COVID vaccines contain no graphene. Pre-approval testing of COVID vaccines by independent labs, as well as t
A widely-viewed video posted on Facebook claims police have agreed that a 17-year-old was murdered with a Covid-19 vaccine. The video shows a group of protestors outside West Midlands Police HQ in Birmingham. One speaker says a police sergeant &l
An image of a sign at a Covid-19 vaccination clinic has been photoshopped to read as if it is urging parents to donate their children’s organs. It has been retweeted or quote tweeted more than 4,000 times after it was posted by musicians Ri
Does a 54-minute video interview featuring elaborate conspiracy theories show we are living through a global bioweapons attack? No, that's not true: The video includes a lengthy list of claims and charges that have already been debunked.
As with its adult vaccine, Pfizer/BioNTech was the first to cross the finish line and offer a Food and Drug Administration-authorized COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 through 11. Here, we describe how it’s different from its grown-up cousin and
Does this collection of video clips prove people are suffering from harmful side effects of a COVID-19 vaccine? No, this video lacks enough context to show if these people were even vaccinated, or if their symptoms are related to the vacc
SciCheck Digest Florida’s total COVID-19 case rate is higher than the national average and 10th highest in the U.S. But social media posts and the state’s governor point to a recent decline in daily cases as evidence of Florida’s succ
REVIEW An article published by the website The Exposé on 30 October 2021 claimed that the Vaccine Surveillance Reports published by the U.K. Health Security Agency showed that fully vaccinated people are developing acquired immunodeficiency syndrom
On 21 October, Brazil’s president Jair Bolsonaro delivered a live address through his Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts, which between them have tens of millions of followers. He wanted to talk to his country about the Covid-19 vaccines,
"CDC data says the vast majority of those now dying from Covid in the US are unvaccinated. Same story in the UK." Today in Focus podcast, 1 November 2021. We have been asked by readers on WhatsApp about a claim in the 1 November episode of The Guardia
Does Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine attack human blood and cause dangerous clots? No, there's no publicly available evidence to support the claim. There is no website at the address the video maker sends viewers to for details on the blood exa
An article shared on Facebook claims deaths among boys are “83% higher than the 5-year-average since they were given Covid-19 vaccine”. The article, published by The Exposé, suggests that since children over the age of 12 began
A video clip from the Joe Rogan Experience podcast in which journalist Alex Berenson claims that over 70% of deaths from Covid-19 in the UK are now in fully vaccinated people has been widely shared on Facebook. This claim originates from UK Healt
An October 21 2021 post generated a recursive rumor of its own, when it claimed that Facebook fact-checkers had determined there was “no evidence people ever saved aluminum foil or bacon grease” in the course of fact-checking a meme. This
Did Pfizer include tromethamine, an "ingredient used to stabilize heart attack victims" in its COVID-19 vaccine for children aged 5-11 years old? Only as a stabilizing pH buffer to make it easier to store. While tromethamine is being used
There is no evidence for this. Vaccines are proven to reduce the chances of becoming unwell with COVID-19.
The politicization of COVID vaccines — and, well, just about everything else having to do with the pandemic — has led to confusion, if not utter fatigue. And some posts circulating on social media — this slickly edited piece on YouTube, for exam
REVIEW The number of COVID-19 deaths rose again in the U.S. from July 2021 to mid-September 2021, amid concerns of the Delta variant spreading and vaccine-induced immunity waning over time. While data show that vaccines are safe and effective agains
Following a summertime surge, Japan’s COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations have quickly plummeted, and while experts say vaccines were key to the turnaround, false claims say the opposite. “Japan drops vax rollout,” says the headline o
Do fully vaccinated people account for 82% of recent COVID-19 deaths and 66% of hospitalizations in the UK? Yes, that's true. The figures are found in the COVID-19 vaccine surveillance report - Week 43 by the UK Health Security Agency pub
SciCheck Digest Raw numbers of hospitalizations or deaths among those who are vaccinated are not a good indicator of whether vaccines are effective. If the large majority of a population is vaccinated, it’s not surprising if most deaths are among
Did Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis say that Florida schools would no longer require vaccinations against polio, measles and mumps for its students? No, that's not true: DeSantis has only said that Florida schools will not require students to b
Alex Berenson cherry-picks data to claim that vaccines do not work. His claim lacks context and is false.
Did Japan drop its vaccine program in favor of ivermectin, wiping out COVID-19 in one month? No, that's not true: While coronavirus cases plummeted in Japan after peaking in the second half of August, 2021, it had nothing to do with the a
We have been asked on WhatsApp about the Covid-19 booster vaccines in pregnancy. In particular people have asked why the booster vaccine is deemed to be safe in pregnancy, and why mixing and matching vaccines for the booster is sometimes recommended (d
While ONS data shows an increase in child mortality in 2021, there is no evidence that this due to COVID-19 vaccines.
Did nearly 80% of the babies who died of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) have a vaccine the same day? No, that's not true. The number appears to come from misinterpreted materials from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System (VAERS
COVID-19 vaccines are safe and are the best way to prevent serious illness and death caused by the virus.
On October 26 2021, an undated Twitter screenshot circulated, claiming that the “FDA vaccine advisory board” had bemoaned that unvaccinated Americans are highly educated: pic.twitter.com/JkWDvif5yX — Raider Pablo (@R8erN8tion) Octo