Iria Carballo-Carbajal

Science Editor

Iria earned an undergraduate degree in biology and an MSc in secondary education from the University of Oviedo (Spain). After obtaining her PhD in Neuroscience from the University of Tuebingen (Germany), she then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Vall d’Hebrón Research Institute (Barcelona, Spain). Her research has focused on understanding the molecular basis of Parkinson’s disease to search for new potential treatments.

The Science Feedback team

CLAIM REVIEWS

Claims that a Harvard study showed COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective misrepresent the authors’ conclusions, fail to account for the study’s limitations

CLAIM
“Covid SURGES Among Most Vaxxed Communities Says Harvard Study”

SOURCE: Jimmy Dore, The Jimmy Dore Show

Published: 22 Oct 2021

VERDICT

No evidence that the fall in COVID-19 cases in Indonesia is linked to the use of ivermectin

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Ivermectin played a role on the steep decline of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia

SOURCE: Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

Published: 15 Oct 2021

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No evidence suggests a causal link between ivermectin recommendation and the decline of COVID-19 cases in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh

CLAIM
"The most populated state in India just declared they are officially COVID-19 free after promoting widespread use of the safe proven medicine"

SOURCE: Pearson Sharp, Jim Hoft, One America News Network, Gateway Pundit

Published: 12 Oct 2021

VERDICT

Contrary to claims on social media, people who received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate blood and other blood products, including convalescent plasma

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“The Red Cross says anyone who has received a COVID-19 vaccine cannot donate convalescent plasma”; “the vaccine wipes out these antibodies [against SARS-CoV-2]”

SOURCE: TikTok user, TikTok

Published: 30 Sep 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 treatments can improve a patient’s survival and recovery, but don’t replace the individual and community benefits of vaccination

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"Now the vaccines are no longer working"; "the vaccine never stopped transmission"; "earlier-vaccinated people experience a complete waning of the injection-induced antibodies”; antibody therapy, “the one option that works”, is blocked by the government

SOURCE: Daniel Horowitz, The Blaze

Published: 23 Sep 2021

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Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine demonstrated its efficacy and safety in several stages of clinical trials before been authorized for emergency use, and therefore isn’t experimental

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“Today the FDA announced they approved a drug whose Phase III clinical trials are not expected to be completed for two more years”

SOURCE: Benjamin Benulis, Facebook, Instagram

Published: 26 Aug 2021

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Janci Chunn Lindsay’s claims that COVID-19 vaccines are unsafe are inaccurate and unsupported by scientific evidence

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COVID-19 vaccines will cause blood clotting, fertility problems, and immune escape

SOURCE: Janci Chunn Lindsay, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 23 Aug 2021

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Family physician Daniel Stock repeated previously debunked misinformation about COVID-19 vaccines, treatments, and control strategies in a Mount Vernon School Board Meeting

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Face masks don’t reduce the spread of respiratory infections; COVID-19 vaccines are ineffective, and may lead to more severe disease; ivermectin, vitamin D, and zinc are effective COVID-19 treatments

SOURCE: Daniel Stock, YouTube

Published: 13 Aug 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines are a much safer way of acquiring immunity than infection, which requires exposing the person to risks from the disease

CLAIM
Natural immunity is far superior to COVID-19 vaccines

SOURCE: Del Bigtree, David Rosenberg, Israel National News

Published: 09 Aug 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines effectively prevent severe disease; haven’t shown signs of antibody-dependent enhancement as claimed by Robert Malone

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COVID-19 vaccines will make SARS-CoV-2 more dangerous due to a mechanism called antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE)

SOURCE: Robert Malone, War Room Pandemic

Published: 31 Jul 2021

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