Reviews of articles from: Twitter

CLAIM REVIEWS

No evidence suggests that Pfizer’s smoking cessation medication Chantix increases the risk of cancer; recall of this product is irrelevant to the safety of COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM
It “took 15 years to uncover” Chantix’s carcinogenic effects; there are reasons for being “skeptical of something that hasn’t even been established/approved for a full 12 months”

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 05 Nov 2021

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Social media post claiming that fully vaccinated people are “filling up” morgues and hospitals is based on flawed reasoning; unvaccinated people are actually over ten times more likely to die

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“they are needing to change the definition of what it means to be fully vaccinated” “40% of deaths from C19 last week [...] were fully vaccinated, [...] that’s a jump of 51.2%”

SOURCE: Elijah Schaffer, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 02 Nov 2021

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

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

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 14 Sep 2021

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A person’s decision not to vaccinate affects others, as unvaccinated people are more likely to get infected and spread COVID-19

CLAIM
“the only person ‘hurting’ if I don’t get the vaccine is me. So mind your own business”

SOURCE: Brenna Spencer, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 06 Sep 2021

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The development of mRNA vaccines was a collaborative effort; Robert Malone contributed to their development, but he is not their inventor

CLAIM
“Dr. Malone is the inventor of mRNA vaccines”

SOURCE: Robert Malone, Twitter

Published: 26 Aug 2021

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Janci Chunn Lindsay’s claims that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe are inaccurate and unsupported by scientific evidence

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines will cause blood clotting, fertility problems, and immune escape

SOURCE: Janci Chunn Lindsay, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 23 Aug 2021

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EUA withdrawal for CDC COVID-19 PCR test is due to the development of newer tests that help save time and resources, not because the test is faulty

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COVID-19 PCR test is inaccurate, will no longer be used; COVID-19 PCR test cannot differentiate between flu and COVID-19

SOURCE: Social media users, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Published: 26 Jul 2021

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Unvaccinated people are more likely to die of COVID-19 because they are more vulnerable to infection and severe disease

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Both vaccinated and unvaccinated people have over 99% chance of surviving COVID-19

SOURCE: Tomi Lahren, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 21 Jul 2021

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The Nuremberg Code specifically addresses experimentation; COVID-19 vaccines aren’t experimental, and therefore, don’t violate the Code

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“Nuremberg codes stipulate that consent must be voluntary […] Threatening someone’s livelihood unless they take an experimental vaccine is NOT voluntary consent.”

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 16 Jul 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective but don’t prevent the disease completely; unvaccinated people place themselves and others at risk as a reservoir for virus spread

CLAIM
"Remember to get vaccinated or a vaccinated person might get sick from the virus they got vaccinated against because you're not vaccinated"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 15 Jul 2021

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