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

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

CLAIM
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

VERDICT

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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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

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People who received the COVID-19 vaccine aren’t more likely to develop facial paralysis than people who didn’t receive the vaccine

CLAIM
“13 Israelis suffer FACIAL PARALYSIS after taking Pfizer Covid jab”

SOURCE: Anonymous, RT (Russia Today)

Published: 19 Jan 2021

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Strong evidence lacking to support claim that ivermectin is a cure for COVID-19; there are only limited clinical results at this stage

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Ivermectin “is a safe and widely available treatment for coronavirus”; it would “work like a vaccine”

SOURCE: Pearson Sharp, One America News Network

Published: 16 Jan 2021

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Asymptomatic and presymptomatic people can spread COVID-19

CLAIM
asymptomatic spread of COVID-19 never occurs

SOURCE: Jeffrey A. Tucker, American Institute for Economic Research, The Last Refuge

Published: 04 Jan 2021

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The American Medical Association does not reject nor support hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19, nor did it change its position on the use matter

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The AMA “reversed course”, now “giving the green light to doctors prescribing HCQ to their COVID patients.”

SOURCE: Brian C. Joondeph, American Thinker

Published: 22 Dec 2020

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A U.S. Food and Drug Administration panel validated Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine; its authorization for emergency use should ensue

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“FDA panel backs Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine"

SOURCE: CNET editors, CNET

Published: 18 Dec 2020

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The COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer/BioNTech is comprised of ingredients standard in many vaccines, including mRNA, lipids, sucrose, and salts

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The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine contains mRNA encoding the SARS-CoV-2 spike protein, lipids, sucrose, and salts.

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 14 Dec 2020

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There is no risk of infertility from COVID-19 vaccines due to cross reactivity with placenta proteins, as SARS-CoV-2 and placenta proteins are different

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“Covid Vaccine is Female Sterilization”; SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may trigger an immune response against the placenta.

SOURCE: Anonymous, Health and Money News

Published: 10 Dec 2020

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