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Social Media Posts Mislead on COVID-19 Vaccines, Deaths in Afghanistan

September 10, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest Afghanistan has implemented a COVID-19 vaccination program and, although administration of vaccines has slowed due to internal armed conflicts, the program is still…

CDC: No Warning Issued for Acute Flaccid Myelitis in 2021

September 9, 2021 /

SciCheck Digest The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been tracking outbreaks of acute flaccid myelitis — a serious condition mainly affecting children —…

Schumer Falsely Claims ‘All’ Americans Got Out of Afghanistan

September 7, 2021 /

A spokesperson for Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has conceded that the New York Democrat falsely claimed that “all” Americans who wanted to leave Afghanistan…

Biden’s Controversial COVID-19 Vaccine Booster Plan

September 3, 2021 /

Last month, the Biden administration announced a plan to begin administering third shots of the two mRNA COVID-19 vaccines to healthy people in mid-September to…

Republicans Inflate Cost of Taliban-Seized U.S. Military Equipment

September 3, 2021 /

The Taliban seized an arsenal of U.S.-made military equipment when it overran the Afghan army, but not nearly as much as numerous Republicans have claimed.…

Meme Misattributes Quote on Afghanistan to Trump

September 3, 2021 /

Quick Take A viral meme falsely claims that former President Donald Trump suggested that the chaotic U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan was an orchestrated distraction by…

Instagram Post Missing Context About Israeli Study on COVID-19 Natural Immunity

September 2, 2021 /

SciCheck An Instagram post highlighted a headline about a non-peer-reviewed study from Israel that found that unvaccinated people previously infected with SARS-CoV-2 had greater immunity…

Social Media Posts Draw Unsupported Conclusion on Afghan Helicopter Video

September 2, 2021 /

Quick Take Afghan journalists report that a video of a person suspended from a helicopter shows an operation in which the person was trying to…

How Many Americans and Allies Are Left in Afghanistan?

September 2, 2021 /

On Aug. 18, President Joe Biden said if there were U.S. citizens left in Afghanistan on Aug. 31 who wanted to leave, “we’re gonna stay…

What We Know About the Claims of Military Dogs Left in Kabul

September 1, 2021 /

Q: Did the U.S. abandon its military dogs during its withdrawal from Afghanistan? A: The Department of Defense maintains that none of its military service…