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Social media posts falsely claim link between AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab and Australian minister’s skin infection
A claim that Australian Health Minister Greg Hunt has suffered cellulitis caused by an AstraZeneca Covid-19 jab has been shared hundreds of times on Facebook and Twitter. The claim is false: according to medical experts, cellulitis is a skin infection that may occur when bacteria enter the skin; Hunt suffered from cellulitis on his leg, not his arm where the vaccine was administered.
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The fish caught in a Nigerian village is not worth millions of dollars
Social media posts shared thousands of times claim that a man in Nigeria caught a fish worth $2.6 million, and his village ate the fish instead of cashing in. However, the value of this fish is hugely overestimated. The $2.6 million figure can be traced to the prize money won at an annual fishing competition in the United States, and does not represent its market value. A witness told AFP Fact Check that the fish was sold off in pieces at an affordable price.
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Neither Tiwa Savage nor the Kuti brothers were among the winners at the 63rd Grammy Awards
Social media posts in Nigeria claim that Tiwa Savage, one of Nigeria’s leading female artists, and Femi and Made Kuti, sons of the late Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti, were winners at the 63rd Grammy Awards. This is false; while all three were up for nomination in the Album of The Year category, based on a collaboration with British rock band Coldplay, the award went to American singer-songwriter Taylor Swift.
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Math doesn’t add up in claim every American could get $1 million payment
Social media posts claim the $1.9 trillion pandemic relief act includes enough money to pay every American $1 million, and there would still be funds to spare. This is false; it would cost more than $300 trillion for all of the country’s citizens to receive that amount.
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Adult trans athlete did not identify as teenager to play basketball
Social media posts claim a photo shows a 50-year-old man who identifies as a teenager and is playing basketball in a female league, as several US states move to restrict transgender participation in women’s sports. This is false; the person in the photo is Gabrielle Ludwig, a trans woman who played on a college varsity team from 2012-2014, according to her former coach and the team webpage.
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US regulatory document circulates in misleading Facebook posts that undermine the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine
A US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) document detailing the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been shared in multiple Australian Facebook posts that sow doubt over the vaccine and note specifically how the FDA states it is an “unapproved vaccine.” The posts, however, are misleading; the full FDA document explains how the Pfizer vaccine was granted emergency use authorization in the US and Australia’s Therapeutic Goods Administration has approved the vaccine.
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Old video recirculates online in misleading posts about Philippine economy during Covid-19 pandemic
Multiple Facebook, Twitter and TikTok posts have shared a video in March 2021, claiming it shows the World Bank has praised the Philippine government for the country’s “strong” economic performance despite the Covid-19 pandemic. The claim is misleading: the video shows a news report that has circulated online since 2019, months before the country declared its first Covid-19 infection; the Philippine economy in fact shrank to record levels during the pandemic, according to the country’s statistics agency.
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