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

Unsupported claim that COVID-19 vaccines caused hundreds of serious reactions among military veterans misuses VAERS reports

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COVID-19 vaccines caused 895 serious reactions among military veterans

SOURCE: Thomas Fitton, Judicial Watch

Published: 24 Jul 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines are highly effective but don’t prevent the disease completely; unvaccinated people place themselves and others at risk as a reservoir for virus spread

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"Remember to get vaccinated or a vaccinated person might get sick from the virus they got vaccinated against because you're not vaccinated"

SOURCE: Anonymous, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 15 Jul 2021

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Unvaccinated individuals now account for the vast majority of COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths in the U.S., according to available data

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“99.2% of U.S. COVID deaths in June were unvaccinated people”

SOURCE: Judd Legum, Twitter

Published: 07 Jul 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines can enhance protective immunity in previously infected people

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“Individuals with previous SARS-CoV-2 infection do not get additional benefits from vaccination”

SOURCE: Sanchari Sinha Dutta, Medical News

Published: 22 Jun 2021

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PCR tests are reliable to detect and monitor COVID-19 infections, which are real and have caused millions of deaths worldwide

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It’s not a corona pandemic but it’s a planned, staged PCR test pandemic

SOURCE: Reiner Fuellmich, War Room Pandemic

Published: 19 Jun 2021

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Byram Bridle’s claim that COVID-19 vaccines are toxic fails to account for key differences between the spike protein produced during infection and vaccination, misrepresents studies

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“Terrifying new research finds vaccine spike protein unexpectedly in [the] bloodstream. The protein is linked to blood clots, heart and brain damage”

SOURCE: Byram Bridle, ON Point with Alex Pierson, LifeSiteNews

Published: 08 Jun 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines are safer than the risk of COVID-19 infection for people of all ages

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COVID-19 vaccines caused as many deaths as the disease in young people

SOURCE: Wendy Bell, Wendy Bell Radio

Published: 29 May 2021

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COVID-19 vaccines don’t contain magnetic ingredients; dose volume is too small to contain any device able to hold a magnet through the skin

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COVID-19 vaccines contain metals or microchips that cause magnets to attach to the arm of vaccinated people

SOURCE: Facebook users, Instagram users, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

Published: 20 May 2021

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Scientific evidence demonstrates that COVID-19 and the virus that causes it exist and are different from the flu

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“We found no COVID-19 in any of the 1,500 [COVID-19-positive] samples” but influenza A and B; “what we're dealing with is just another flu strain like every year. COVID 19 does not exist and is fictitious”

SOURCE: Instagram users, Instagram

Published: 06 May 2021

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Flawed speculative study incorrectly claims that mRNA COVID-19 vaccines cause neurodegenerative diseases

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“Pfizer [COVID-19] vaccine confirmed to cause neurodegenerative diseases”; “mRNA vaccines […] can integrate into the human genome”

SOURCE: Nathaniel Linderman, National File

Published: 29 Abr 2021

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