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Facebook posts make misleading comparison about research into Covid-19, HIV, cancer and common cold
Multiple posts shared thousands of times on Facebook compare the groundbreaking speed of the discovery of a Covid-19 vaccination to research into HIV, cancer and the common cold. The claim is misleading; experts told AFP the development of a Covid-19 vaccine has been accelerated by past scientific achievements and repurposing existing technology. They also said there are significant differences between Covid-19, HIV, cancer and the common cold.

Sri Lankan faith healer touts false ‘miracle cure’ for Covid-19, prompting pushback from doctors
A Sri Lankan faith healer claims to have created a concoction that is a “miracle cure” for Covid-19 that will offer “lifetime protection” against the disease. A purported recipe for the alternative medicine was subsequently shared thousands of times on Facebook and Instagram, advising people to “make [it] at home”. The claim, however, is misleading; Sri Lankan medical practitioners advise the public against taking medication that has not received the approval of professional medical agencies; as of December 15, 2020, there is no “cure” for Covid-19, according to international health authorities.

Video makes misleading claims about Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine trial
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple posts on YouTube and Facebook alongside a claim that two people died during trials for Pfizer-BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine, according to US government records. The claim is misleading; the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) document referred to in the posts states that while six participants died during the trials, investigators found none of the deaths were related to the vaccine.

US vaccine injury payouts do not mean immunization is unsafe
Social media posts claim vaccines are not safe, pointing to $4.4 billion paid out by the United States. But US health authorities say testing ensures vaccines are safe and effective, and most government compensation results from settled claims in which it was not concluded the vaccine caused the alleged injury.

Map does not show ‘actual results’ of 2020 US election
A map claiming to show “actual results” of the 2020 US election with Donald Trump as the winner has been shared thousands of times on social media. This is false; Democrat Joe Biden has secured more than the 270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.

COVID-19 Vaccines Don’t Have Patient-Tracking Devices
A video circulating on social media falsely claims that vaccines for COVID-19 have a microchip that “tracks the location of the patient.” The chip, which is not currently in use, would be attached to the end of a plastic vial and provide information only about the vaccine dose. It cannot track people.

False claim circulates online about US Congress repeal of key internet legislation
A tweet has been shared thousands of times in social media posts that claim the US Congress voted 49-46 to add the repeal of Section 230 — legislation which shields online platforms from liability for user-generated content — into the country’s annual defense bill in December 2020. The claim is misleading: the 49-46 vote was actually in the US Senate and approved Republican lawyer Nathan Simington joining the Federal Communications Commission on December 8, 2020; the US House of Representatives passed the annual defense bill for 2021 without including the alleged repeal of Section 230.