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The Infodemic: Misinformation Spread About Deaths, Side Effects During Vaccine Trials


FILE - Trial kits for Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccination study are seen at the Research Centers of America, in Hollywood, Florida, Sept. 24, 2020.

Fake news about the coronavirus can do real harm. Polygraph.info is spotlighting fact-checks from other reliable sources here​.

Daily Debunk

Claim: There have been serious negative health effects from the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, including the deaths of six people during late-stage trials.

Verdict: Partly False

Read the full story at: Reuters

Social Media Disinfo

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Circulating on social media: Facebook post comparing COVID-19 vaccine research to HIV, cancer and the common cold, and questioning the safety of COVID-19 vaccines given the speed of their development.

Verdict: Mostly False

Read the full story at: PolitiFact​

Factual Reads on Coronavirus

The US is about to begin the first big test of Covid-19 vaccine distribution
What we can learn from the initial phase of vaccinating health care workers in the US.
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