Pablo Rougerie

Science Editor

Pablo obtained his PhD in Immunology from the University Paris - Descartes (France). He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, U.S.) and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). His research focused on different topics in cell biology, including the regulation of T lymphocyte activation, the mechanics of cell deformation, and the use of biomaterials of specific geometry to guide the growth of biological tissues.

The Science Feedback team

CLAIM REVIEWS

Data doesn’t show that vaccines are responsible for 2022 excess mortality, contrary to Alex Berenson’s claim

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccination is associated with all-cause excess mortality

SOURCE: Alex Berenson, Substack

Published: 03 Feb 2023

VERDICT

The Pfizer bivalent vaccines are very unlikely to increase the risk of ischemic stroke, contrary to claims on social media

CLAIM
The Pfizer COVID-19 bivalent vaccine causes strokes

SOURCE: Social media users, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 18 Jan 2023

VERDICT

Simulation exercises such as “Catastrophic Contagion” are a normal part of pandemic preparedness; they don’t predict future pandemics

CLAIM
The tabletop exercise “Catastrophic Contagion” means that “Bill Gates and WHO have announced when we will see the next pandemic”

SOURCE: Natali Morris, Clayton Morris, Youtube

Published: 10 Jan 2023

VERDICT

French political advisor Jacques Attali didn’t call for world depopulation through pandemics or vaccines

CLAIM
Attali wrote “the future will be about finding a way to reduce the population”, elites will “find a real cause, a pandemic” after having “taken care of having panned the treatment”

SOURCE: Instagram users, Instagram

Published: 02 Jan 2023

VERDICT

The Hoxsey herbal mixture doesn’t cure cancer

CLAIM
Harry Hoxsey’s herbal therapy effectively cures cancer

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 29 Dec 2022

VERDICT

Findings from researchers in Basel didn’t show an 800-fold increase in myocarditis in vaccinated people compared to unvaccinated individuals

CLAIM
“The risk of myocarditis is 800 times higher for vaccinated than unvaccinated young adults, according to a recent Swiss study”

SOURCE: Kyle Becker, Trending Politics

Published: 29 Nov 2022

VERDICT

Vaccination isn’t equal to parasitic infection; COVID-19 mRNA vaccines don’t hamper the production of anti-SARS-CoV-2 antibodies

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“ALL vaccines, including the seasonal flu shot, contain parasites”, mRNA vaccines reduce the amount of anti-spike antibodies

SOURCE: Anonymous, Exposing satanic science

Published: 25 Nov 2022

VERDICT

mRNA vaccines against COVID-19 don’t modify humans, and don’t make them patentable or owned by any entities

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“if a human is injected with a GMO it becomes a patented piece of property from the government”, “they take away all your rights with mRNAs”

SOURCE: Instagram Users, TikTok, Instagram

Published: 15 Nov 2022

VERDICT

Bill and Melinda Gates’ daughter Phoebe Gates is fully vaccinated, including against COVID-19, despite online claims to the contrary

CLAIM
Phoebe Adele Gates is “unvaccinated, not even [for] childhood vaccines”.

SOURCE: Instagram Users, Instagram

Published: 10 Nov 2022

VERDICT

COVID-19 and influenza are different diseases caused by different viruses

CLAIM
the 2.8 millions who died of COVID in 2020 can be due to the flu and pneumonia

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 04 Nov 2022

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INSIGHTS

What can explain the excess mortality in the U.S. and Europe in 2022?

— 02 Nov 2022

image source Introduction Every day, people die of many causes: diseases, accidents, violence, or simply old age. The number of deaths in any given country is usually stable from o...

What do we know about the possible link between acetaminophen use during pregnancy and autism?

— 01 Aug 2022

Photo by Freepik Each week, approximately 23% of the adult U.S. population use a fever reducer and painkiller, such as Tylenol, which is the brand name for the drug acetaminophen, ...

Assessing the effect of COVID-19 vaccines on mortality: a story of confounding factors and their role in COVID-19 misinformation

— 15 Mar 2022

Introduction COVID-19 vaccines have been instrumental in our fight against the pandemic and our return to a normal life, thanks to their ability to reduce the number of cases, hosp...

Could scientists use the bat coronavirus RaTG13 to engineer SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a lab?

— 19 Mar 2021

One of the biggest outstanding questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the disease. One idea, put forward by some news sites...