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US researcher exaggerated adverse reactions to Moderna Covid-19 vaccine
A speech by a biomedical researcher claiming that 21 percent of patients from the Moderna vaccine trial have experienced severe adverse events has been shared thousands of times on social media since December 11. This claim is false; a report to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) shows severe adverse events for just 82 patients, or 0.5 percent of trial participants. Only five cases, or less than 0.1 percent, were linked to the vaccine itself, which medical experts said is within the standard range for vaccine trials.

Fake Nancy Pelosi letter circulates online
An image of a letter allegedly sent by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi to Portland’s Mayor Ted Wheeler suggesting how to respond to “riots” in the northwestern US city is circulating online. But Pelosi’s office said the letter is “fake,” and a spokesman for Wheeler said the mayor had not received such a document.

Trump did not invoke the Insurrection Act
Online articles and social media posts claim that President Donald Trump invoked the Insurrection Act on January 10, 2021, allowing the US military to ensure law and order. This is false; there has been no official announcement that the Act was invoked, and though the National Guard was deployed during the deadly storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters on January 6, its presence was not the result of presidential action, and was only in support of local police.

This video of Biden meeting Pence at the US Vice President's residence was filmed in 2016
A video viewed hundreds of thousands of times on Twitter and Facebook in January 2021 purports to show the US Vice President Mike Pence meeting with the nation’s President-elect Joe Biden. The claim is misleading: the video has circulated in reports since November 2016, when former Vice President Biden and his wife Dr Jill Biden gave Pence and his wife Karen a tour of the Vice President's residence. Pence became US Vice President in November 2016, after he and President Donald Trump won the 2016 US election.

Social media posts wrongly claim Dominion voting software was used in 2020 New Zealand election
Multiple Facebook posts claim US-based company Dominion Voting Systems, which has been the centre of conspiracy theories and false claims of voter fraud in the United States, was used in New Zealand’s 2020 election. The posts question whether Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was legitimately elected. The claims are misleading: the New Zealand Electoral Commission told AFP they do not use machines or software from Dominion Voting Systems. In October 2020, Prime Minister Ardern won a landslide victory in New Zealand's general election, leveraging success battling Covid-19 into an unprecedented majority.

Non-medical masks can offer some protection against Covid-19, scientists say
As Covid-19 cases surge in Thailand, claims that non-medical masks are ineffective in preventing the spread of the disease are circulating online. This is misleading: scientists told AFP that these masks offer some form of protection. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and World Health Organization (WHO) recommend non-medical or fabric masks for the general public.