Articles tagged with: Vaccine

ARTICLE REVIEWS

Washington Times article by Robert Malone and Peter Navarro relies on inaccurate and unsubstantiated claims about virus evolution, vaccine immunity, and COVID-19 vaccine safety

in Washington Times, by Robert Malone and Peter Navarro

— 15 Aug 2021

"This article has inaccuracies throughout with a clear view to push an anti-vaccine agenda. The picture depicting a skull with eyes and nose made of coronaviruses in the shape of t..

Misleading Wall Street Journal opinion piece makes the unsubstantiated claim that the U.S. will have herd immunity by April 2021

in Wall Street Journal, by Marty Makary

— 26 Feb 2021

"The article’s claim that the U.S. is near herd immunity rests on two numbers: 1) the detection of infections by testing (claimed to be 10 – 25 percent) and 2) the infection fa..

Potential role for T cells in COVID-19 immunity accurately reported in National Geographic article

in National Geographic, by Carrie Arnold

— 19 Aug 2020

"The article accurately discusses the recent findings about the presence/relevance of T cell response against COVID-19. Indeed, both arms of adaptive immunity, humoral and cellular..

COVID-19 vaccine candidate by Pittsburgh scientists show promising results in animal studies, but clinical trials still needed before efficacy in humans is known

in Pittsburgh Magazine, by Garret Roberts

— 11 Apr 2020

Scientists who reviewed this article’s scientific credibility found that the reporting was generally accurate. However, they also highlighted a missed opportunity to provide read...

New York Times accurately reports vaccine-derived polio outbreaks caused by low vaccine coverage

in New York Times, by Associated Press

— 02 Dec 2019

"The content of the article is correct: attenuated polio strain type 2 contained in the oral vaccine can – in very rare cases – mutate and cause disease in under-immunized pers..

Article claiming vaccines cause autoimmunity and autism due to fetal DNA contaminants found unsupported and implausible

in Vaccine Impact, by Theresa Deisher

— 09 Jun 2019

"While the letter provides some concerns about the fetal cell-derived DNA contamination in vaccines, it does not provide any actual evidence to support the claims made. The whole h..

CLAIM REVIEWS

Vaccines don’t cause autism; difference in infant mortality rates between Japan and the U.S. unrelated to childhood vaccine coverage

CLAIM
Vaccines contain unhealthy levels of aluminum; Japan’s elimination of vaccines has reduced infant mortality

SOURCE: Social Media User, Instagram

Published: 20 Feb 2024

VERDICT

Childhood vaccines are an important protection against preventable diseases, not “poison” as claimed by Candace Owens

CLAIM
Doctors are ‘injecting poison’ into babies every two months.

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Twitter

Published: 16 Feb 2024

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Claim that myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccines carries serious risk of death is based on flawed study

CLAIM
Study shows myocarditis from COVID-19 vaccination carries serious risk of death

SOURCE: Joseph Mackinnon, The Blaze

Published: 08 Feb 2024

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Epidemiological data refutes the claim that polio is renamed to hide the disease and the polio vaccine doesn’t work

CLAIM
Polio vaccine doesn’t work; India had no cases of non-polio paralysis until polio vaccine was introduced; polio was renamed to hide its existence

SOURCE: Jaclyn Simone, Instagram

Published: 01 Feb 2024

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Incorrect claim that COVID-19 vaccines caused a 143,233% surge in cancer results from flawed calculations that misuse adverse event reporting data

CLAIM
“Official CDC data: 143,233% surge in fatal cancers among Vaxxed Americans”

SOURCE: Anonymous, The Exposé

Published: 01 Feb 2024

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False-positive HIV tests don’t imply that a person is immunodeficient, contrary to claim by Peter McCullough

CLAIM
“The HIV test can turn positive after COVID-19 as well as the vaccine”; “maybe a form of immunodeficiency is there”

SOURCE: Peter McCullough, Rumble, Instagram

Published: 30 Jan 2024

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Vaccines don’t cause childhood cancer, contrary to claim by Candace Owens

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Vaccines have caused an "explosion" of childhood cancer; vaccine package insert states vaccines weren’t tested for mutagenic effect

SOURCE: Candace Owens, Twitter

Published: 25 Jan 2024

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Russell Brand’s YouTube videos use flawed analyses and simplistic correlations to link COVID-19 vaccines to heart issues, cancer, excess deaths

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines are associated with an increase in heart conditions, cancer

SOURCE: Russell Brand, YouTube

Published: 23 Jan 2024

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Rat study alleged to link COVID-19 vaccines to autism cannot be generalized to humans and contains important limitations

CLAIM
“COVID-19 Shots Linked to Autism in Vaccinated Rats: Study”

SOURCE: Social media users, The Epoch Times, Substack, Twitter

Published: 18 Jan 2024

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COVID-19 vaccines don’t cause leprosy, aren’t responsible for leprosy cases in Florida

CLAIM
COVID-19 vaccines cause leprosy

SOURCE: Social media user, Instagram

Published: 11 Jan 2024

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INSIGHTS

Variations on a theme: The evidence refuting the false claim that vaccines cause autism

— 11 Dec 2023

Introduction One of the most enduring narratives about vaccine safety is the alleged link between childhood vaccination and autism spectrum disorder (ASD). A study published in 202...

What do we know about the safety of COVID-19 vaccine mRNA in breast milk?

— 03 Oct 2023

Introduction A study by Hanna et al. published in September 2023 reported the presence of mRNA from COVID-19 mRNA vaccines in the breast milk of some lactating women[1]. This study...

Authorization of bivalent COVID-19 boosters is based on scientific evidence of their safety and effectiveness

— 07 Nov 2022

image credit The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Publich Health SUMMARY In August 2022, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) authorized bivalent COVID-19 vaccine formulati...

Shedding light on LinkedIn’s enforcement of health misinformation policies: A pilot study

— 26 Apr 2022

Summary of findings The career- and business-oriented social media platform LinkedIn has been absent from the public conversation around the topic of health misinformation, as comp...

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...

Infection-induced immunity versus vaccine-induced immunity: Weighing the benefits and risks

— 03 Nov 2021

Introduction Multiple articles and social media posts have debated the strength of infection-induced immunity​​—commonly referred to as natural immunity—compared to vaccina...

Understanding causality in adverse events after vaccination

— 15 Jul 2021

Introduction Whether you’re watching the news or scrolling through your social media feeds, you’re certain to come across content about COVID-19 vaccines. This is unsurprising�...

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...

“Plandemic: Indoctornation” video rehashes debunked claims and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines

— 20 Aug 2020

Plandemic is a pseudo-documentary produced by American filmmaker Mikki Willis, whose first instalment was published in May 2020. Featuring an interview with anti-vaccination activi...

Computing Forever interview with Dolores Cahill contains numerous inaccuracies about COVID-19 and vaccines

— 22 May 2020

This video, first published on 11 May 2020, features an interview between Dave Cullen, also known as Computing Forever on YouTube, and Dolores Cahill, a professor at University Col...