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Nigerian pastor falsely claims Covid-19 jabs are 'death warrants' and mandatory in the country
Nigerian preacher David Oyedepo claimed during a church service that Covid-19 vaccines are effectively death warrants, stating that the jabs were not tested before they were distributed globally. He also told followers that the shots are mandatory in Nigeria. These claims are false; Covid-19 vaccines are recommended in Nigeria, but not obligatory, while the national agency in charge of managing the disease has reported no deaths linked to vaccinations since their rollout began in March 2021. The Covid-19 vaccines endorsed by the World Health Organization have undergone rigorous testing for emergency use approval.
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Myth of Ballot Watermarks Flushed Out Again
An audit of ballots and a forensic audit of voting equipment earlier this year found no problems in the 2020 elections in Maricopa County, Arizona. But debunked claims about voter fraud revealed by secret “watermarks” are flowing again on social media amid a Republican-led audit. County officials say no watermarks were used on the ballots.
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Post Misleads on Japan’s Policy for Donating Blood After COVID-19 Vaccination
Japan only recently adopted guidelines for accepting blood donations from those who have received COVID-19 vaccines. The guidelines are intended to give donors time to get over any side effects from the vaccine. Without providing that context, a social media post misleadingly claims Japan is “refusing” blood donations from vaccinated people.
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Study falsely claims Covid-19 vaccines may cause neurodegenerative diseases
Articles claim a study found that the Covid-19 vaccine developed by Pfizer-BioNTech may cause diseases such as Alzheimer’s. But medical experts say the study linking mRNA shots to neurodegenerative diseases has no scientific basis, the paper is published in a for-profit journal, and is written by a doctor with a history of opposing vaccination.
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Korean posts mislead on origin of the English word ‘family’
Social media posts circulating in South Korea claim that the origin of the English word “family” is a combination of the words “father,” “mother” and “I love you.” The claim is false: the Oxford English Dictionary traces the origin of the word “family” to the Latin for “household” or “servant”, while a professor of classical studies pointed out that the definition of “ily” as “I love you” appears to be modern Internet slang.
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Canada’s top court is not hearing case about Covid-19 ‘crimes’
Social media posts claim that the Supreme Court of Canada agreed to hear a case accusing Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Ontario Premier Doug Ford and other civic officials of “crimes against humanity” for implementing public health measures against Covid-19. This is false; the document used as proof was filed in a provincial court where it was dismissed pending appeal, and the country’s top court confirmed that no such case exists on its docket.
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Posts misrepresent US study on dangers of coronavirus spike protein
Multiple Facebook posts have shared parts of a study by US-based scientists that analysed spike proteins of the novel coronavirus. The posts suggest the study is evidence that some Covid-19 vaccines could be harmful. The claim is misleading: both the research institute that published the study and independent experts told AFP that it did not show Covid-19 vaccines are harmful.
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