Misleading to compare the safety of COVID-19 and flu vaccines based solely on VAERS reports; VAERS reports alone cannot demonstrate that a vaccine caused an adverse event

CLAIM
One person is 300 to 900 times “more likely to die” after getting the COVID-19 vaccine than the flu vaccine; “Adverse events are widely underreported”

SOURCE: Alex Berenson, Twitter, Facebook

Published: 17 Feb 2021

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The CDC didn’t introduce a “major rule change” to inflate COVID-19 deaths; there have been more than 490,000 excess deaths in the U.S. to date

CLAIM
“CDC illegally inflated the COVID fatality number by at least 1,600 percent”; “the NVSS COVID-19 Alert No. 2 [deemphasized] underlying causes of death [...] by recording them in Part II rather than Part I of death certificates [...] This was a major rule change [...] from the 2003 guidance on certification of death

SOURCE: Patty McMurray, Gateway Pundit

Published: 14 Feb 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines protect individuals from developing the disease and are necessary tools to end the pandemic along with physical distancing measures

CLAIM
There is no reason to get COVID-19 vaccines because vaccinated people can still get sick and are still required to wear masks

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 12 Feb 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines approved for emergency use prevent the disease and are generally safe based on rigorous clinical trials and ongoing monitoring

CLAIM
“No one can possibly know if the [COVID-19] vaccine is safe and effective because the trial is still underway; “Thousands of people who had the vaccine have died or been seriously injured by it”

SOURCE: Vernon Coleman, Charlie Ward

Published: 11 Feb 2021

VERDICT

Article claiming that masks contribute to cancer development misrepresents a study about lung cancer that didn’t involve masks

CLAIM
“Long-term Mask Use May Contribute to Advanced Stage Lung Cancer, Study Finds”

SOURCE: Philip Schneider, Blacklisted News, GlobalResearch.ca

Published: 10 Feb 2021

VERDICT

The lethality of COVID-19 is much higher than the flu; the Biden press corps didn’t say COVID-19 was a hoax

CLAIM
the “case fatality rate of COVID-19 is 0.1% to 0.3% which is the same exact case fatality rate as the regular seasonal flu”; “Biden’s press corps admits” COVID-19 was “a hoax”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Bitchute

Published: 04 Feb 2021

VERDICT

Vaccines are useful even when there is a treatment for a disease, contrary to claim by Lee Merritt in The New American video

CLAIM
“We have vaccines because we didn't have treatment for smallpox and it was a very deadly disease that made sense to have a vaccine. [...] but [COVID-19]? Even without doing anything, this disease has a 99.991[%] chance of survival.”

SOURCE: Lee Merritt, The New American

Published: 04 Feb 2021

VERDICT

The American Journal of Medicine didn’t recommend hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19; scientific evidence doesn’t show hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19

CLAIM
The “American Journal of Medicine admit their stand on [hydroxychloroquine] was wrong"; it “published evidence that hydroxychloroquine is effective for preventing COVID-19"

SOURCE: Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

Published: 03 Feb 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines currently in use stimulate immunity to the same degree as natural infection without exposing the vaccinated person to the risks associated with the disease

CLAIM
“Merck Scraps COVID Vaccines; Says It’s More Effective To Get The Virus And Recover”

SOURCE: Steve Watson, Summit News

Published: 29 Jan 2021

VERDICT

There is no evidence that vaccines cause autism; the U.S. CDC didn’t change their stance on the subject

CLAIM
“The CDC Finally Capitulated To ICAN’s Legal Demands and Removed the Claim that “Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism” From Its Website!”

SOURCE: Del Bigtree, ICAN

Published: 29 Jan 2021

VERDICT