CLAIM REVIEWS

Childhood vaccines are an important protection against preventable diseases, not “poison” as claimed by Candace Owens

CLAIM
Doctors are ‘injecting poison’ into babies every two months.

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Twitter

Published: 16 Feb 2024

VERDICT

The FDA continues to recommend against ivermectin for treating or preventing COVID-19, despite claims to the contrary

CLAIM
“The FDA is now saying that it is OK to prescribe ivermectin [for COVID-19]”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 24 Aug 2023

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Breast cancer cases haven’t doubled in U.S. women under 45, despite social media claims

CLAIM
“There is a huge boom in cancer, especially in female breast cancer in the younger ages of 45 and below.”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 23 Jun 2023

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Draft U.S. government report doesn’t conclude that fluoride is harmful at low levels

CLAIM
“As fluoride goes up [...] IQ goes down in the developing brains of our kids”

SOURCE: Social media user, Instagram

Published: 24 Apr 2023

VERDICT

Mucus doesn’t cause arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and other conditions; cold weather doesn’t “detox” the body of excess mucus

CLAIM
Excessive mucus causes bronchitis, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, psoriasis, and glaucoma

SOURCE: Facebook User, Facebook

Published: 31 Mar 2023

VERDICT

Sweetgum balls don’t contain Tamiflu’s active ingredient and there’s no evidence of an antiviral effect against COVID-19

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Sweetgum balls contain the same active ingredient that Tamiflu contains, which is shikimic acid; It kills viruses including SARS-CoV-2

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, TikTok

Published: 27 Jan 2023

VERDICT

Excess deaths in the U.K. remain below the pandemic peak and aren’t linked to COVID-19 vaccines

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More people are dying now than at the peak of the pandemic; the COVID-19 vaccines are the cause of the excess deaths seen in late 2022

SOURCE: Antony Newby, Facebook

Published: 13 Jan 2023

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Contrary to viral Instagram videos, COVID-19 vaccines remain highly effective against severe disease

CLAIM
Vaccine effectiveness has fallen from 100% to 20%; the early reported vaccine effectiveness figures were lies

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram

Published: 08 Dec 2022

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COVID-19 vaccines have enhanced reporting requirements for vaccine safety database, so death reports cannot be simply compared to other vaccines

CLAIM
“More people have been killed by the COVID vaccines in the last 20 months than all the other vaccines in the world over the last thirty years combined.”

SOURCE: Pearson Sharp, Twitter

Published: 04 Nov 2022

VERDICT

Complete vaccine coverage in the U.S. could have prevented almost a quarter of COVID-19 deaths

CLAIM
“Quarter of U.S. covid deaths were probably preventable with vaccination”

SOURCE: Philip Bump, The Washington Post

Published: 28 Oct 2022

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

How were mRNA vaccines developed for COVID-19?

— 02 Jun 2021

The vaccines for COVID-19 produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were the first mRNA vaccines authorized for use in the general public. mRNA vaccines were a long-standing ambition...