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Colin Powell’s COVID-19 Death Followed Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment

October 21, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died from complications of COVID-19. Although he was fully vaccinated, he was also 84 years old and…

Trump and Son Whitewash Vaccine Willingness Before Biden

October 21, 2021 /

The percentage of Americans who say they would “definitely not” get the COVID-19 vaccine has remained relatively stable since 2020. And the daily number of…

Already Had COVID-19? Vaccines Boost Immunity, Not ‘Wipe Out’ Antibodies

October 21, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Studies show the COVID-19 vaccines boost the antibody levels and improve the immune response of those who previously had COVID-19. The vaccines do…

PhRMA Ad Misleads on Medicare Drug Negotiation Legislation

October 20, 2021 /

In TV ads, the pharmaceutical industry claims congressional plans to allow the federal government to negotiate drug prices in Medicare would deny beneficiaries’ access to…

The COVID-19 Recession Officially Ended Before Biden Took Office

October 18, 2021 /

The recession caused by the COVID-19 pandemic officially lasted just two months and ended in April 2020. But Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg wrongly credited President…

Merck, Pfizer COVID-19 Antivirals Different From Ivermectin

October 15, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Merck and Pfizer are each developing a new oral antiviral drug that might prevent or treat COVID-19. The pills are very different from…

OECD Data Conflict With Biden’s Educational Attainment Claim

October 15, 2021 /

As of 2020, almost 52% of the United States population 25 to 34 years old had earned a postsecondary degree — putting the U.S. in…

Partisan Claims About Flight Cancellations Lack Evidence

October 14, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Southwest Airlines’ flight cancellations fueled partisan claims over the weekend that transportation workers were protesting COVID-19 vaccine requirements and causing the cancellations. But…

GOP Group’s Ad Spins Biden Tax Plan on Family Farms

October 14, 2021 /

A Republican group’s TV ad falsely claims that President Joe Biden’s tax plans would force the sale of family farms passed on to children due…

Infrastructure Bill Proposes Voluntary Pilot Program for Per-Mile Vehicle Fee, Not ‘Driving Tax’

October 13, 2021 /

Quick Take A Senate-approved $1 trillion infrastructure bill would create a voluntary pilot program aimed at studying per-mile user fees for motor vehicles to fund…