CLAIM REVIEWS

The benefits of COVID-19 vaccines outweigh their risks; vaccinated children don’t die at a higher rate compared to unvaccinated children

CLAIM
1 in 1,000 children vaccinated against COVID-19 dies

SOURCE: Adrian Norman, Instagram

Published: 11 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Male sterility isn’t a proven side effect of ivermectin, contrary to claims by social media users

CLAIM
Ivermectin sterilizes the majority (85%) of men that take it

SOURCE: Facebook users, Twitter users, Facebook, Twitter

Published: 14 Sep 2021

VERDICT

Vaccine boosters help maintain protection provided by initial vaccination; boosters have been used for routine vaccinations like tetanus and polio for decades

CLAIM
A COVID-19 booster means that the initial vaccination didn’t work

SOURCE: Facebook users , Facebook

Published: 28 Aug 2021

VERDICT

Evidence shows that lockdowns implemented to tackle the spread of COVID-19 have saved lives, contrary to claims in the New York Post

CLAIM
“COVID lockdowns don’t appear to have saved lives”; “ample scientific evidence points to the fact that lockdowns did not save lives”

SOURCE: Eileen AJ Connelly, Ryan Fazio, New York Post

Published: 10 May 2021

VERDICT

INSIGHTS

What is known about the claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology conducted research to bioengineer bat coronaviruses?

— 15 Jun 2021

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