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This photo was taken in May 2019, months before Covid-19 was detected in India
A photo that shows Indian Health Minister Harsh Vardhan and two other officials not wearing face masks has been shared in Facebook posts that claim they flouted Covid-19 rules as infections surged in the country in 2021. The claim is false; the photo was taken in May 2019, months before India recorded its first Covid-19 infection.
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Posts falsely claim China ditched Covid-19 jabs in favor of 'inhaled vaccines'
Facebook posts circulating in May 2021 claim that China has abandoned Covid-19 jabs in favor of a vaccine that can be inhaled. The claim is false: while a Chinese vaccine company is carrying out trials for an “inhaled vaccine”, the product has not been rolled out as of May 14, 2021. China has continued to use traditional Covid-19 jabs and has made no indication it will abandon them.
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US drivers stockpile fuel, but photos of bagged gas are old
With southeastern areas of the United States suffering gas shortages, social media posts purportedly show drivers using unorthodox methods to stockpile fuel. Some of the images, which include people using plastic bags for storage, are real but old, and one is from Mexico, not the US.
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Census Bureau voter tally is self-reported, not official election data
Articles and social media posts claim US Census Bureau figures show that nearly four million fewer voters cast ballots in the 2020 presidential election than the official tally, raising questions about the integrity of the result. But the number cited is an incomplete, self-reported measure of how many people voted, the Census Bureau described the claims as inaccurate, and a political scientist called the fraud suggestion absurd.
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Tucker Carlson Misrepresents Vaccine Safety Reporting Data
The Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System accepts any reports of adverse side effects following vaccination to help regulators detect potential problems. Anyone can submit a report, whether or not the incident is vaccine-related. Fox News host Tucker Carlson misrepresented the VAERS data to suggest that thousands have died from COVID-19 vaccines.
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Magnet Videos Refuel Bogus Claim of Vaccine Microchips
The ingredients in the COVID-19 vaccines authorized for use in the U.S. are publicly available. Yet a false claim that the vaccines contain microchips is receiving renewed attention through a spate of videos of people claiming that magnets stick to their arms after vaccination. Experts say none of the ingredients would cause this supposed effect.
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Covid-19 shots not designed to increase cold, flu lethality
Instagram posts claim Covid-19 vaccines will leave people exposed to deadly illness during the next cold and flu season, and that germ theory -- the proven concept that pathogens can cause disease -- is a hoax. These claims are false; experts say they are biologically implausible, germ theory is a foundation of modern medicine, and the shots against coronavirus are safe and effective.
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This video shows debris from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in March 2021
A video has been viewed thousands of times in multiple Twitter posts in May 2021 alongside a claim that it shows the moment that debris from a Chinese rocket fell to the Earth. The claim is false: the video shows debris from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket that disintegrated as it re-entered the Earth’s atmosphere shortly after takeoff in March 2021.
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