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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…

Websites and Social Posts Misrepresent CDC Director’s Comments on Breakthrough Deaths

May 21, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest In a May 16 interview, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director said the agency knew of 223 breakthrough fatalities among fully…

The Wuhan Lab and the Gain-of-Function Disagreement

May 21, 2021 /

A disagreement between Republican Sen. Rand Paul and Dr. Anthony Fauci has put $600,000 of U.S. grant money to the Wuhan Institute of Virology back…

Instagram Posts Spread Texas Lawmaker’s False Claims on Vaccine Testing

May 19, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Animal testing and clinical trials were conducted before the COVID-19 vaccines were granted emergency use authorization in the U.S. But a state senator…

Magnet Videos Refuel Bogus Claim of Vaccine Microchips

May 14, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are publicly available. Yet a false claim that the vaccines contain…

Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data

May 14, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System accepts any reports of adverse side effects following vaccination to help regulators detect potential problems. Anyone can submit…

So Far, Vaccines Remain Effective Against Variants

May 13, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest So far, COVID-19 vaccines have been effective against variants of the coronavirus. Scientists are monitoring the situation carefully, with updated or new vaccines…

Post Misleads on Japan’s Policy for Donating Blood After COVID-19 Vaccination

May 12, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Japan only recently adopted guidelines for accepting blood donations from those who have received COVID-19 vaccines. The guidelines are intended to give donors…

No Scientific Basis for Vaccine ‘Shedding’ Claims

May 11, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest COVID-19 vaccines do not contain a live virus, so there isn’t a biological path for a vaccinated person to “shed” the SARS-CoV-2 spike…

Exploring the Legality of COVID-19 Vaccine Mandates

May 10, 2021 /

Q: Can employers, colleges and universities require COVID-19 vaccinations? A: Generally, they may require immunizations. But there is some uncertainty about the legality of mandating…