The number of new COVID-19 cases fell and daily vaccination increased in early 2021, but no indication that it was due to U.S. president Biden taking office

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COVID-19 cases are “down by 50%” and “daily vaccinations have increased by 85%” since “Biden took office”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Occupy Democrats

Published: 22 Feb 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase the incidence of poor outcomes during pregnancy, according to current safety data on COVID-19 vaccines

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COVID-19 vaccines caused miscarriages

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter, Facebook

Published: 19 Feb 2021

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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

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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

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“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

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

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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

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

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“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

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

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

SOURCE: Philip Schneider, Blacklisted News, GlobalResearch.ca

Published: 10 Feb 2021

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

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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

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

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“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

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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

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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

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