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Out of the 688 fact checks added to theCoronaVirusFacts Alliance数据库in the first two months of 2021, 234 beat back false claims intended to sew doubt about the efficacy of COVID-19 vaccines. The database is the product of the largest fact-checking collaboration project in history, bringing together 99 fact-checking organizations from more than 70 countries to compile fact checks in more than 40 languages. One of the more common falsehoods involved gaslighting the public by claiming highly publicized vaccinations like those of Harris, Morrison and Ramaphosa were all staged.
Claims that vaccines were killing people centered on a hoax out of Norway where some falsely claimed the Norwegian government was blaming the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine for the deaths of 23 vaccinated seniors. At least六事实检查组织in欧洲和亚洲confirmed that while the Norwegian government was investigating the deaths of 13 seniors, it had never blamed the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Of the at least 36 fact-checks blaming COVID-19 vaccines for increased deaths, 11 focused on this Norway hoax.
Claims that the COVID-19 vaccines will somehow alter the recipient’s biology ran the gamut from claims Australians had contracted HIV (debunked here byEstadão Verifica和Agence France Presse) to claims it would lead to increased sterility in men (debunked here byAgênciaLupa.).
The Australia/HIV claim capitalized on areal news story关于早期生产中失败的疫苗候选人。昆士兰州大学的疫苗候选人在一些早期试验参与者中产生了HIV抗体，导致他们错误地测试疾病的阳性。研究人员表示，问题需要一年来修复，并决定放弃该项目。
Falsehoods about masks ranged from them not being very effective at best to being actively harmful at worst. Previously debunked hoaxes about导致缺氧的面具made a brief appearance, but there were also new claims that falsely connected mask-wearing to lung cancer.
ScienceFeedback,Maldita.es和嘲笑all debunked variations on this claim that used research on oral bacteria to falsely assert that long-term mask-wearing causes cancer. The fact-checkers pointed out this research did not involve mask-wearing at all, and that the claim made large logical leaps to promote its false conclusion.
Despite numerous debunkings, fact checks about false cures continued to feature prominently in the database. Hydroxychloroquine and herbal remedies made up a quarter of the 95 fact-checks about cures. Falsehoods about the anti-malaria drug were most prominent in Brazil, where elements of the government including President Jair Bolsonaro continue to promote hydroxychloroquine as a miracle cure for COVID-19.
AgênciaLupa.和AOS FATOS., both debunked variations of a claim that hydroxychloroquine skeptics had retracted their criticism of the drug. Agência Lupa fact-checked a Facebook post falsely claiming the U.S. government was recommending hydroxychloroquine (it’s not). Aos Fatos debunked a claim that the retraction of a Lancet article that questioned the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine proves the drug’s effectiveness. The study was retracted for technical issues with its data.