Copypasta of an ICU doctor’s tweet stokes COVID-19 skepticism by mimicking bot-like behavior
Introduction The spread of the Delta variant of SARS-CoV-2 has put many countries back on high alert. Both the U.S. and the U.K. have seen the Delta variant become the predominant cause of COVID-19 cases. However, one thing is clear: the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. remain highly effective even against the … Continued
Understanding causality in adverse events after vaccination
Introduction Whether you’re watching the news or scrolling through your social media feeds, you’re certain to come across content about COVID-19 vaccines. This is unsurprising—vaccine safety, and in particular adverse events occurring after COVID-19 vaccination, have been the subject of scrutiny from regulatory agencies, scientists, and the public. While it’s critical to be vigilant and … Continued
Science Feedback invited to speak at European Commission CONNECT University, Digital for our Planet
Emmanuel Vincent, PhD, Founder & Director of Science Feedback was invited to participate in the European Commission CONNECT University Summer School 2021, Digital for our Planet that aims to present cutting-edge innovations addressing how digital technologies can be harnessed to tackle climate change. The session addresses Climate Disinformation. “Climate change is the largest and most … Continued
What is known about the claims that the Wuhan Institute of Virology conducted research to bioengineer bat coronaviruses?
Image: Scanning electron microscope image showing SARS-CoV-2 (round gold objects) emerging from the surface of cells cultured in the lab. Credit NIAID-RML Introduction One of the questions currently being debated about the origin of COVID-19 is whether the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) funded research on bat coronaviruses that could cause a virus to … Continued
How were mRNA vaccines developed for COVID-19?
The vaccines for COVID-19 produced by Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna were the first mRNA vaccines authorized for use in the general public. mRNA vaccines were a long-standing ambition for scientists, as it was hoped that they would offer many advantages over traditional vaccines. However, there were significant technical challenges that took decades to overcome. How do … Continued
Explainer: How the rise and fall of CO2 levels influenced the ice ages
The Earth’s climate has been quite stable over the past 11,000 years, playing an important role in the development of human civilisation. Prior to that, the Earth experienced an ice age lasting for tens of thousands of years. The global average temperature was around 4C cooler during the last ice age than it is today. There is a real risk that, if emissions continue to rise, the world warms more this century than it did between the middle of the last ice age 20,000 years ago and today.
Could scientists use the bat coronavirus RaTG13 to engineer SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, in a lab?
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 like Fox News and government officials, is that SARS-CoV-2 was man-made. As very few living people have witnessed a pandemic of this scale before, it is … Continued
Responding to Stossel TV video on our rating process
During their interviews, the scientists were pressed for judgments on whether the rating we applied was appropriate. Clips from these interviews were then used in Stossel’s new video to attempt to discredit our rating. However, both Zeke Hausfather and Stefan Doerr subsequently discussed the video with us and both agree the rating was appropriate—a fact that Stossel noted in his video.
Science Feedback is awarded an IFCN Development Grant to build database on sources of misinformation
Science Feedback is very pleased to be awarded a development grant from the Poynter Institute’s International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN). This grant aims to further innovation and best practices within the fact-checking field by supporting established fact-checking units that are pursuing projects in 4 areas of focus: tools development, video production, audience building, and new formats … Continued
“Plandemic: Indoctornation” video rehashes debunked claims and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines
Plandemic is a pseudo-documentary produced by American filmmaker Mikki Willis, whose first instalment was published in May 2020. Featuring an interview with anti-vaccination activist and former scientist Judy Mikovits, the video peddled numerous false claims and conspiracy theories about the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccines (see Health Feedback’s review of that video). It achieved immense virality … Continued