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Claim: The presence of lipid nanoparticles in a COVID-19 vaccine means it could contain small robots or computers.
Read the full story at: Reuters
Social Media Disinfo
Circulating on social media: Video claiming to show a large funeral procession in Gujarat for an Indian politician who died after contracting Covid-19.
Read the full story at: Agence France-Presse
Factual Reads on Coronavirus
Despite promise, few in US adopting COVID-19 exposure apps
Fewer than half of U.S. states and territories — 18 in total — have made such technology widely available. And according to a data analysis by The Associated Press, the vast majority of Americans in such locations haven’t activated the tool.
-- Associated Press, December 6
Federal hospital data system falters at tracking pandemic
A Science examination ... found the HHS data for three important values in Wisconsin hospitals—beds filled, intensive care unit (ICU) beds filled, and in-patients with COVID-19—often diverge dramatically from those collected by the other federal source, from state-supplied data, and from the apparent reality on the ground.
-- Science, December 4