Viewing Month: May 2021

COVID-19 Vaccine Data Was Peer-Reviewed, Contrary to Meme’s Claim

May 28, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 vaccines have been the subject of peer-reviewed studies that found they were effective and safe, but a meme has been circulating…

Caitlyn Jenner Overstates California’s Share of U.S. Homeless Population

May 28, 2021 /

As of January 2020, California had a little more than one-quarter of all the homeless people in the United States, according to the most recent…

Story Twists Facts on Diagnosing Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases

May 28, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest A viral headline shared on social media falsely asserts that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed testing thresholds to “virtually eliminate”…

Viral Quote About Elections Misattributed to Trey Gowdy

May 27, 2021 /

Quick Take A viral Facebook post falsely attributes claims of widespread voter fraud and “treasonous acts” during the 2020 election to former Rep. Trey Gowdy.…

Vaccine Ingredient SM-102 Is Safe

May 26, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The COVID-19 vaccine from Moderna uses an ingredient called SM-102 to deliver the mRNA that carries instructions for how to develop antibodies against…

Insurance Companies Provide Coverage After COVID-19 Vaccination

May 25, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Insurance companies do not deny claims when someone dies after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine, according to the American Council of Life Insurers. But…

China Closes Gap with U.S. on R&D Investments, But Hasn’t Caught Up

May 25, 2021 /

China has been rapidly closing the gap with the United States when it comes to research and development investments, experts tell us. But President Joe…

Mailbag: Gain-of-Function Research

May 24, 2021 /

A reader sent us comments on our article on gain-of-function research and whether the federal government helped fund such research at the Wuhan Institute of…

Video Doesn’t Prove Capitol Police Allowed Jan. 6 Protesters to Enter Capitol

May 21, 2021 /

Quick Take More than 400 people have been charged in relation to the Jan. 6 events at the U.S. Capitol, and there is ample evidence…

Posts Distort Testimony of Federal Health Officials on Employee Vaccinations

May 21, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Federal health officials testified at a Senate committee hearing that about 60% of their employees have been vaccinated against COVID-19 so far. But…