Clinical trials and post-trial monitoring show that COVID-19 vaccines reduce the spread and occurrence of the disease

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COVID-19 vaccines are experimental and don’t prevent infection or transmission; most of us have a 0.05% chance of dying from COVID-19

SOURCE: Facebook user, Facebook

Published: 10 Apr 2021

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

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

SOURCE: OANN editors, One America News Network

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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There is currently no cure for AIDS; reports to the contrary are incorrect

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AIDS was cured in more than a dozen patients

SOURCE: Alfredo Bowman, Facebook

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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Deserts cool the planet by reflecting solar radiation to space; vegetated areas have an overall warming effect, so planting trees in deserts doesn’t necessarily cool the planet

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"Deserts are heat producers, reflecting around 60% to 70% of the solar energy that falls on them straight back into the atmosphere."; "If we want to do something about global warming, we have to do something about deserts."

SOURCE: Ties Van der Hoeven, Steve Rose, The Guardian

Published: 09 Apr 2021

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Wind turbines pay back energy-costs in one to six months; most U.S. wind turbines are made in the U.S., Denmark and Spain

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Wind turbines in the US are made of toxic materials that pollute the environment, are mostly built in Germany, and will not pay off their manufacturing costs within their lifetimes.

SOURCE: Internet User, Facebook

Published: 08 Apr 2021

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The mRNA COVID-19 vaccines aren’t operating systems, and won’t transform the human body into a virus-making factory

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The mRNA vaccine is “an operating system that takes over the machinery of your cells” ; “...by the time you get your fourth shot your body will be making all four proteins that make up the COVID-19 virus.”

SOURCE: Abdul Alim Muhammad, Damon Jones, Instagram, Facebook

Published: 06 Apr 2021

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Not all coronaviruses are seasonal, contrary to pathologist Ryan Cole’s claim; COVID-19 vaccines are effective at preventing illness

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Coronaviruses are all seasonal and go away on their own, including those that cause SARS and MERS; ivermectin is effective for preventing and treating COVID-19; COVID-19 vaccines are “gene therapy”, don’t give immunity or prevent transmission

SOURCE: Ryan Cole, Instagram, YouTube, Bitchute

Published: 04 Apr 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines received Emergency Use Authorization from the FDA after clinical trials demonstrated that they are safe and effective; COVID-19 vaccines aren’t experimental

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“Not one [COVID-19] vaccine is FDA approved. [...] They are all experimental.”

SOURCE: Facebook Users, Facebook

Published: 31 Mar 2021

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Heart attack victims shouldn’t use “cough CPR” on themselves, contrary to chain email dating back to 1999

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Heart attack “victims can help themselves by coughing repeatedly and very vigorously”

SOURCE: Facebook users, Facebook

Published: 30 Mar 2021

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Going vegan may lead to fewer pandemics, but it won’t eliminate them completely

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“In a vegan world there would be no pandemics. 100% of pandemics are zoonotic in origin.”

SOURCE: Richard Melville Hall (aka Moby), Facebook

Published: 26 Mar 2021

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