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Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Sears Distorts Facts on COVID-19 Vaccines
In an interview on CNN's "State of the Union," Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Winsome Sears spread misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines that we have previously debunked. The post Virginia Lt. Gov.-Elect Sears Distorts Facts on COVID-19 Vaccines appeared f
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Benefits Outweigh Risks of Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine, Contrary to Posts Misusing VAERS Data
Viral social media posts continue to misuse the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System data, and flawed calculations, to claim the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children is unsafe and will cause many more deaths than it will prevent. The post Benefits
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Posts Misidentify Man Shown in Photo with Ghislaine Maxwell
Ghislaine Maxwell, who is charged with assisting accused sex trafficker Jeffrey Epstein, is scheduled to go on trial on Nov. 29. Social media posts are circulating a photo that falsely claims to show Chief Justice John Roberts in an affectionate pose
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Facebook Post Spreads Bogus Claim About ‘Detox’ After Vaccination
A vaccination can't be reversed through any "detox" process, medical experts say. Yet, a social media post is spreading the false claim that a bath with borax can "get rid" of a COVID-19 vaccine. The bath may remove some water from the body, but not
FactCheck.org4 min cititeAmerican Government
CBO: Build Back Better Not Quite ‘Fully Paid For’
For weeks, President Joe Biden has been saying the Build Back Better plan would be "fully paid for" and would not increase the deficit. But the official congressional scorekeeper in its long-awaited final analysis contradicted the president's claims.
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Pfizer/BioNTech’s COVID-19 Vaccine Formulation Tweaked to Improve Stability
With the release of its pediatric COVID-19 vaccine, Pfizer switched the buffer used in its formulation to increase the stability of the product, allowing it to remain at refrigerator temperatures for longer. The Food and Drug Administration OK'd the
FactCheck.org6 min cititeSocial Science
White House Uses ‘Job-Years,’ Not Jobs, to Tout Infrastructure Law
Both President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris lauded the bipartisan infrastructure legislation for creating good-paying jobs for "millions" of Americans. But they meant millions of job-years, not millions of additional jobs. The post Whit
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Colorado Order Addresses Surge in Hospitalizations, Not Vaccination Status
Responding to a surge in COVID-19 hospitalizations, Colorado Gov. Jared Polis signed an executive order on Oct. 31 allowing hospitals that are at or near capacity to transfer or stop admitting patients. Social media posts falsely claimed the order sa
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Posts Misrepresent Data to Falsely Claim Italy Reduced Its COVID-19 Death Count
The vast majority of people who have died with COVID-19 had other medical conditions that put them at risk of severe disease, or other conditions caused by COVID-19. But internet posts misinterpret data about those conditions to falsely claim that It
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Rittenhouse Testified He Drove Himself to Kenosha Without Weapon
Kyle Rittenhouse, who is on trial for murder, testified in court that he drove himself from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 24, 2020, the day before he shot and killed two men at a protest that became violent. The weapon
FactCheck.org6 min cititeIndustries
Electric Vehicle Tax Credits in Democratic Plan
The House's current Build Back Better plan calls for extending a $7,500 tax credit for the purchase of electric vehicles, and it includes an additional $4,500 credit for electric vehicles built in the U.S. by union labor. We provide an explainer of w
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Viral Posts Make Unfounded Claims After Newsom Gets COVID-19 Booster
After getting the COVID-19 booster on Oct. 27, California Gov. Gavin Newsom canceled a trip and did not participate in any official public events for 12 days. Social media posts claimed, without evidence, that Newsom was suffering serious side effect
FactCheck.org2 min cititePopular Culture & Media Studies
SciCheck Featured on Podcast About COVID-19 Misinformation Directed at Latinos
FactCheck.org staffer Catalina Jaramillo was featured on the latest episode of "A Better Life?," a podcast that explores how COVID-19 has made immigrants' lives harder. The post SciCheck Featured on Podcast About COVID-19 Misinformation Directed at L
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Video Questioning Vaccine Efficacy Pushes Falsehood About Israel Data
The COVID-19 death rate for unvaccinated people has been significantly higher than for vaccinated people in both Israel and the U.S. Despite that, conservative commentator Ben Swann makes the false claim in a video that Israeli data prove vaccines ar
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Aaron Rodgers’ Inaccurate COVID-19 Claims
Aaron Rodgers, the star quarterback of the Green Bay Packers, made headlines when he contracted COVID-19 and then defended his decision not to get vaccinated with a string of false and misleading claims that fact-checkers have frequently debunked. Th
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DeSantis, Social Media Posts Mislead on COVID-19’s Toll in Florida
Florida's total COVID-19 case rate is higher than the national rate and 10th highest in the U.S. But social media posts and the state's governor point to a recent decline in daily cases as evidence of Florida's success in handling COVID-19, while ign
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A Guide to Pfizer/BioNTech’s Pediatric COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids 5-11
As with its adult vaccine, Pfizer/BioNTech was the first to cross the finish line and offer a Food and Drug Administration-authorized COVID-19 vaccine to children ages 5 through 11. Here, we describe how it’s different from its grown-up cousin and wh
FactCheck.org3 min cititeAmerican Government
Biden Botches Virginia Election History
Seeking to deflect the significance of Democrat Terry McAuliffe's loss in the Virginia governor's race to Republican Glenn Youngkin, President Joe Biden wrongly claimed that "no governor in Virginia has ever won when ... he or she is the same party a
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Japan Continues to Use Vaccines, Not Ivermectin, to Fight COVID-19
More than 70% of Japan's population has received the COVID-19 vaccines, and the government is moving ahead with a booster shot in December. But a conservative radio host in the U.S. falsely claimed, "Japan drops vax rollout, goes to Ivermectin." Japa
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Answering Questions About #BeagleGate
Q: Did Dr. Anthony Fauci fund experiments on beagles? A: Fauci is the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, which has provided grants for medical studies using the dogs as test subjects. But the NIAID denied funding o
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How Many Died as a Result of Capitol Riot?
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol resulted in "almost 10 dead." Four people died that day, and five others -- all law enforcement officers -- died days, weeks and even months later. Here we lay out what is publicly k
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Why It’s Easy to Misinterpret Numbers of Deaths Among the Vaccinated
Raw numbers of hospitalizations or deaths among those who are vaccinated are not a good indicator of whether vaccines are effective. If the large majority of a population is vaccinated, it's not surprising if most deaths are among the vaccinated. But
FactCheck.org4 min cititeAmerican Government
Bogus Campaign Signs in Virginia Were Not Posted by McAuliffe or Democrats
The role of parents in deciding school curriculum is a flash point in the Virginia gubernatorial race. Days before the election, bogus signs have appeared on streets and in social media posts reading, “Keep Parents Out of Classrooms," and imply they
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Biden Spins Facts on Framework
In a speech announcing the framework for a pared-down spending plan, President Joe Biden made some questionable claims. The post Biden Spins Facts on Framework appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Video Spreads Bogus Claims About Plane Crashes and COVID-19 Vaccines
The number of U.S. plane accidents has been about the same this year as it was last year. But posts on social media falsely claim that there has been a significant increase due to pilot reactions to the COVID-19 vaccines. The Federal Aviation Adminis
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Republicans Spin NIH Letter About Coronavirus Gain-of-Function Research
Republicans say a letter from a National Institutes of Health official is an admission that the agency funded so-called gain-of-function research on bat coronaviruses in China, with some falsely linking the work to the pandemic coronavirus. But the r
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FEMA Staff and Contracted Medical Workers Are Required to Follow Vaccine Mandate
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is deploying contracted medical workers to understaffed hospitals, where they are required to comply with COVID-19 vaccine mandates. But social media posts falsely claim that "doctors and nurses are being force
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Video: Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data
In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk misleading statements spread by Fox News host Tucker Carlson about the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. The post Video: Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Report
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FactChecking Biden’s Town Hall
We spotted a few instances in President Joe Biden’s televised town hall when his answers didn't square with the facts. The post FactChecking Biden’s Town Hall appeared first on FactCheck.org.
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Colin Powell’s COVID-19 Death Followed Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment
Former Secretary of State Colin Powell died from complications of COVID-19. Although he was fully vaccinated, he was also 84 years old and was a cancer patient who had undergone treatment for multiple myeloma -- factors that put him at higher risk of
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