CLAIM REVIEWS

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines outweigh their risks; vaccinated children don’t die at a higher rate compared to unvaccinated children

CLAIM
1 in 1,000 children vaccinated against COVID-19 dies

SOURCE: Adrian Norman, Instagram

Published: 11 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Male sterility isn’t a proven side effect of ivermectin, contrary to claims by social media users

CLAIM
Ivermectin sterilizes the majority (85%) of men that take it

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 14 Sep 2021

VERDICT

Germany hasn’t stopped COVID-19 vaccination, contrary to claims made about a simulation game event called “BasisCamp”

CLAIM
Germany suspended COVID-19 vaccinations

SOURCE: Anonymous, BrandNewTube

Published: 03 Sep 2021

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Vaccine boosters help maintain protection provided by initial vaccination; boosters have been used for routine vaccinations like tetanus and polio for decades

CLAIM
A COVID-19 booster means that the initial vaccination didn’t work

SOURCE: Facebook users , Facebook

Published: 28 Aug 2021

VERDICT

Ethylene oxide is used for sterilizing medical equipment, including nasal swabs, but it’s removed before use

CLAIM
Ethylene oxide in nasal swabs used for COVID-19 testing is harmful

SOURCE: TikTok users, Facebook users, TikTok, Facebook

Published: 26 Jul 2021

VERDICT

Video didn’t show villagers in India attacking a COVID-19 vaccine crew, as claimed by Charlie Kirk, but a police van instead

CLAIM
“Vaccine crew in Indian village attacked by locals”

SOURCE: Charlie Kirk, The Charlie Kirk Show

Published: 04 Jul 2021

VERDICT

Evidence shows that lockdowns implemented to tackle the spread of COVID-19 have saved lives, contrary to claims in the New York Post

CLAIM
“COVID lockdowns don’t appear to have saved lives”; “ample scientific evidence points to the fact that lockdowns did not save lives”

SOURCE: Eileen AJ Connelly, Ryan Fazio, New York Post

Published: 10 May 2021

VERDICT

Tinnitus isn’t a sign of brain death, even though it arises in the brain; no cure for tinnitus currently exists

CLAIM
"Tinnitus is your first real warning signal that your brain could be dying!"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Tinnitus Battle

Published: 23 Mar 2021

VERDICT

The CDC licences vaccine technology, but isn’t a vaccine company; the CDC doesn’t sell vaccines, it buys and distributes vaccines free of charge

CLAIM
“The CDC is not an independent agency. It is a vaccine company […] The CDC owns over 20 vaccine patents. It sells about $4.6 billion of vaccines every year”.

SOURCE: Robert F. Kennedy Jr., Children's Health Defense

Published: 04 Mar 2021

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INSIGHTS

What is known about the claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology conducted research to bioengineer bat coronaviruses?

— 15 Jun 2021

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