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Misleading claims about pharmaceutical company’s Covid vaccine circulate in South Africa
Numerous posts on social media claim that an Indian company has sold South Africa “a less effective” Covid-19 vaccine nearing expiry and which the Swiss have since banned. The claims are misleading; the vaccines developed by AstraZeneca had already been ordered by South Africa’s government before a recent study by a local university questioned their efficacy against a new coronavirus variant, while Switzerland has only suspended approval of the drug pending the outcome of more research.
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Ocasio-Cortez video did not claim she was in US Capitol during riot
Social media posts and articles shared more than 100,000 times accuse Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of exaggerating her experience and misleading viewers of an Instagram livestream because she was not in the US Capitol during the January 6, 2021 riot. But the lawmaker did not claim in the video to have been inside the Capitol, and instead made clear that she was at her office -- located in a nearby building -- when the unrest broke out.
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Gas prices up on renewed crude oil demand, not US policy
Social media posts claim that US gas prices are at their highest since Barack Obama’s administration, blaming President Joe Biden for the uptick. This is misleading; while prices at the pump have risen since January 2021, experts attribute this to a gradual recovery from very low crude oil costs during the downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, and are now headed upward because of an anticipated rebound in demand.
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OAN Report Features Baseless Assertion of Election Fraud by Algorithm
One America News Network recently spotlighted one man’s analysis that wrongly suggests precinct-level voting data in Georgia proved a computer algorithm was used to swing the election to President Joe Biden. A hand tally of paper ballots confirmed the election outcome, one of many indications the claim is false.
Read the full article: https://www.factcheck.org/2021/02/oan-report-features-baseless-assertion-of-election-fraud-by-algorithm/

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones falsely claims Australia and France ditched coronavirus vaccination drives
A video of far-right broadcaster Alex Jones claiming that Australia and France have suspended Covid-19 vaccination campaigns because the jab “does not work” has been viewed thousands of times on Facebook in February 2021. The claim is misleading: as of February 11, 2021, Australia has not started its coronavirus vaccination campaign, while France has vaccinated more than 1.9 million people in its ongoing Covid-19 vaccination programme.
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