Pablo Rougerie

Postdoctoral Researcher

Pablo obtained his PhD in Immunology from the University Paris - Descartes (France). He then worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (New York, U.S.) and at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (Brazil). His research focused on different topics in cell biology, including the regulation of T lymphocyte activation, the mechanics of cell deformation, and the use of biomaterials of specific geometry to guide the growth of biological tissues.

The Science Feedback team

CLAIM REVIEWS

The majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations in the U.K. are among unvaccinated people

CLAIM
“60% of people being admitted to hospital with COVID-19 in England have had two doses of a coronavirus vaccine”

SOURCE: Anonymous, Disclose.tv

Published: 24 Jul 2021

VERDICT

Preliminary data indicate that COVID-19 vaccines don’t increase the risk of pregnancy-related adverse outcomes

CLAIM
“82% miscarriage rate among women who got the [COVID-19 vaccine] between 30 days and 20 weeks pregnant.”

SOURCE: Ian Smith, Instagram

Published: 12 Jul 2021

VERDICT

The World Health Organization states that COVID-19 vaccination for children is less urgent, but doesn’t recommend against it

CLAIM
“The WHO says children should not receive COVID-19 vaccines”

SOURCE: Instagram user, Instagram

Published: 29 Jun 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing illness and death; rare infections in vaccinated people can still occur, as seen in the Celebrity Millennium cruise

CLAIM
“Passengers on first fully vaccinated [...] cruise ship test positive for COVID-19. Almost like the shot is useless.”

SOURCE: Instagram users, Instagram

Published: 17 Jun 2021

VERDICT

Fully vaccinated individuals are exempt from wearing a mask because they are less vulnerable to infection by SARS-CoV-2 than unvaccinated people

CLAIM
Unvaccinated people have to wear masks to protect vaccinated people

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 04 Jun 2021

VERDICT

No data available to suggest a link between India’s reduction of COVID-19 cases and the use of ivermectin

CLAIM
“Coronavirus cases are plummeting in India thanks to new rules that promote Ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine”; it is a “now-indisputable fact that [ivermectin and hydroxychloroquine] essentially kill COVID-19 within hours or days”

SOURCE: Jim Hoft, Gateway Pundit

Published: 24 May 2021

VERDICT

Misinterpretation of VAERS database leads Tucker Carlson to wrongly suggests that COVID-19 vaccines are linked to higher mortality on Fox News

CLAIM
“3,362 people apparently died after getting the COVID-19 vaccine”; “more people, according to VAERS, have died after getting the [COVID-19] shot [...] than from all the other vaccines”

SOURCE: Tucker Carlson, Fox News

Published: 14 May 2021

VERDICT

Deaths are attributed to COVID-19 according to clinical symptoms and diagnosis; deaths that occur after vaccination are systematically reported and investigated

CLAIM
“If you die within 20 days of testing positive for [COVID-19][...], you’ll be counted as a COVID death.”; vaccines are systematically dismissed as a possible cause of death.

SOURCE: Instagram Users, Instagram

Published: 10 May 2021

VERDICT

Oral contraceptives have a bigger risk factor for blood clot formation than the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccines

CLAIM
“Birth control has a far greater risk of blood clots than any Covid-19 vaccine so far”

SOURCE: Carter Sherman, Vice News

Published: 20 Apr 2021

VERDICT

COVID-19 related deaths are indeed caused by COVID-19 and not by contributing health conditions

CLAIM
“coronavirus itself is responsible for just 6% of all deaths listed as coronavirus-related”, the others are “due to pre-existing comorbidities”

SOURCE: OANN editors, One America News Network

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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INSIGHTS

Could scientists use the bat coronavirus RaTG13 to engineer SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a lab?

— 19 Mar 2021

One of the biggest outstanding questions of the COVID-19 pandemic is the origin of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus responsible for the disease. One idea, put forward by some news sites...