Vaccines

Fact checks addressing conspiracy theories and unreliable health advice relating to the coronavirus pandemic

30 January 2020

There is no patent for the Wuhan coronavirus

There is no patent for the Wuhan coronavirus. Claims that Jacob Rothschild owns the patent are untrue.

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There is no patent for the Wuhan coronavirus
29 January 2020

The Wuhan coronavirus has nothing to do with 5G

Lots of cities in China have 5G coverage, not just the city at the centre of the new coronavirus outbreak.

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The Wuhan coronavirus has nothing to do with 5G
28 January 2020

The virus in this clinical study is not the coronavirus seen in China in 2019/2020

Facebook posts incorrectly claim a vaccine to the Wuhan coronavirus was trialled earlier this month. The study trialled a vaccine to MERS, a different type of coronavirus.

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The virus in this clinical study is not the coronavirus seen in China in 2019/2020
27 January 2020

A patent for the coronavirus spreading in Wuhan was not applied for in 2015

Coronavirus is not one single virus: it’s a family of them.

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A patent for the coronavirus spreading in Wuhan was not applied for in 2015
31 October 2019

Image on flu jab ingredients is misleading

A local UKIP Facebook page has shared a misleading image about the flu vaccine.

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Image on flu jab ingredients is misleading
10 October 2019

You do not need to stay home for two weeks after getting the flu vaccine

Most flu injections in the UK are inactive and therefore cannot spread between people.

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You do not need to stay home for two weeks after getting the flu vaccine
29 August 2019

There’s no evidence that any current vaccines cause cancer

Vaccines go through a number of trial stages to check they don’t have dangerous side effects.

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There’s no evidence that any current vaccines cause cancer
20 August 2019

Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles

The World Health Organisation says ‘eliminating measles’ means the number of cases in a country is at a level where it can’t circulate easily.

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Being ‘measles free’ doesn’t mean there are no cases of measles
8 August 2019

Autism prevalence is up but scientists have consistently found that vaccines don’t cause it

More diagnoses of autism disorders are being made but they are not associated with being vaccinated.

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Autism prevalence is up but scientists have consistently found that vaccines don’t cause it
4 July 2019

Most of these claims about glyphosate, vaccines and cancer are misleading

Evidence on whether glyphosate causes cancer seems contradictory and Cancer Research UK says there is some evidence people exposed to very high levels of it could have a slightly increased …

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Most of these claims about glyphosate, vaccines and cancer are misleading

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