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A woman reading out a newspaper makes several claims about the pandemic which are false or misleading.
Viral video contains several false pandemic claims

7 April 2021

What was claimed The Covid-19 vaccines in use are poorly tested experimental vaccines. Our verdict This is not true. The currently approved Covid-19 vaccines have all been proven safe and effective in clinical trials. What was claimed The reported numbers of cases of Covid-19 are misleading because asymptomatic people with a positive test would not normally be counted as a "case". Our verdict It is a common practice to count a "case" without symptoms for many infectious diseases. What was claimed 85% of people who test positive for Covid wore masks always or often. Our verdict This comes from a study that found a slightly higher proportion of people who tested negative wore masks, and were less likely to visit restaurants, where mask wearing is difficult. What was claimed Bill Gates is a eugenicist who wants to reduce the population of the world. Our verdict This is not true. Mr Gates has promoted improved healthcare, which he has said may cause the world population to grow more slowly. 1 of 4 claims

A viral video on Facebook includes a number of false and misleading claims about the Covid-19 pandemic.

The video consists of a woman recommending a publication in New Zealand called The Real News, which she summarises and reads from.

There are a number of false or misleading claims in this video. This article considers some of them. There are many other claims included in the video that we have not checked, which may or may not be true.

Claim 1: "Poorly tested experimental vaccines" are in use against Covid-19

We have written about this topic previously.

All three of the vaccines that are currently being used in the UK have passed the normal stages of clinical trials and have been shown to be safe and effective.

The AstraZeneca vaccine uses a technique that had already been successfully used against other infections.

The Pfizer and Moderna vaccines, are mRNA vaccines. They are the first mRNA…
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