CLAIM REVIEWS

Yellow Card scheme for adverse events does not suggest any new side effects of COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM
“The MHRA now has more than enough evidence on the Yellow Card system to declare the COVID-19 vaccines unsafe for use in humans.”

SOURCE: Tess Lawrie, America's Frontline Doctors, The Evidence-Based Medicine Consultancy

Published: 16 Jun 2021

VERDICT

CDC study finds five percent of teens hospitalized due to COVID-19 require ventilation, vaccinating against COVID-19 can help reduce the risk of severe disease in teens

CLAIM
“The kids who were [in hospital for other reasons] were the ones [...] on the ventilators. Not the kids who [were in hospital for COVID-19].”

SOURCE: Wendy Bell, Facebook

Published: 11 Jun 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines were developed in record time due to scientists’ good understanding of similar coronaviruses and unprecedented investments from companies and governments

CLAIM
“No vaccine for HIV after 40 years of research. No vaccine for the common cold [...] A virus mysteriously appears and within a year a vaccine is created and we are all expected to take it.”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Instagram

Published: 14 Apr 2021

VERDICT

Bill Gates quoted out of context about injecting kids with genetically modified organisms in discussion on GM crops

CLAIM
Bill Gates stated that "We’re taking things that are genetically modified organisms, and we’re injecting them into little kids’ arms; we just shoot them right into the vein"

SOURCE: Anonymous, YouTube

Published: 26 Mar 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 RNA vaccines are safe, cannot modify human DNA; death rate in vaccinated people isn’t higher than in unvaccinated people

CLAIM
“The protein then can bind to your DNA and irreversibly change it”; “[It] has several different type of lipids on it that have never been injected into human beings before”; “We could be looking at right now as many as 12,000 deaths”

SOURCE: Sherri Tenpenny, Daystar

Published: 17 Mar 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines start to provide protection within two weeks of the first dose, with no evidence they increase the risk of infection before then

CLAIM
“Now a Public Health England report confirms that infections increase during the fortnight after vaccination”

SOURCE: Niall McCrae, Gateway Pundit

Published: 09 Mar 2021

VERDICT

Scientific evidence demonstrates that wearing face masks and implementing lockdowns reduce the spread of COVID-19

CLAIM
“It’s been a year & there is still no evidence masks or lockdowns slow the spread of #COVID19”

SOURCE: Kimberly Klacik, Facebook

Published: 03 Mar 2021

VERDICT

More evidence needed for the claim that vitamin D supplements reduce risk of COVID-19 infection

CLAIM
“Habitual use of vitamin D supplements was associated with a 34% lower risk of COVID-19 infection”; “This is an observational study so causation cannot be established”

SOURCE: Rhonda Patrick, Instagram

Published: 22 Feb 2021

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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...