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18 January 2021

What you need to know about the claims 23 people died after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Norway

Norway has since adjusted its advice for vaccinating the very elderly.

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What you need to know about the claims 23 people died after getting the Covid-19 vaccine in Norway
13 January 2021

The government spent £63,000 on influencer marketing for Test and Trace

They paid 42 social media stars, including Shaughna Phillips.

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The government spent £63,000 on influencer marketing for Test and Trace
12 January 2021

You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine

A widely shared post on social media claims people who don’t know their NHS number are causing a ‘bottleneck’.

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You don’t need your NHS number to get a Covid-19 vaccine
11 January 2021

The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory

Parliament did vote on new regulations on Wednesday, but these new rules didn’t make vaccines mandatory.

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The laws introducing a third English lockdown do not make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory
7 January 2021

A satirical caption in a South African newspaper under a picture of a British woman getting the vaccine has caused confusion

The photo of a woman getting a Covid-19 vaccine has been used as evidence that the media is lying to people.

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A satirical caption in a South African newspaper under a picture of a British woman getting the vaccine has caused confusion
5 January 2021

Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year

Doctors only report a small fraction of infections through the NOIDs system.

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Millions—not thousands—caught Covid last year
5 January 2021

The time on Boris Johnson’s watch does not prove his televised address wasn’t live

The watch appears upside down to the viewer, but shows 8pm.

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The time on Boris Johnson’s watch does not prove his televised address wasn’t live
23 December 2020

The government has awarded a contract to develop technology that proves you’ve recently had a negative Covid-19 test

This doesn’t mean that vaccination passports are planned.

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The government has awarded a contract to develop technology that proves you’ve recently had a negative Covid-19 test
23 December 2020

2020, the year QAnon aligned with the UK’s fears

Conspiracies that have come to define QAnon in 2020, such as distrust of authority and vaccine scepticism, have always been a big part of UK conspiracy culture.

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2020, the year QAnon aligned with the UK’s fears
22 December 2020

The needles in some syringes are supposed to ‘disappear’

Some syringes have a spring which retracts the needle once the dose is administered.

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The needles in some syringes are supposed to ‘disappear’
22 December 2020

Some on the Pfizer vaccine trials did get Bell’s palsy, but not more than we’d expect by chance

Four volunteers developed Bell’s palsy after getting a Covid-19 vaccine, but this doesn’t mean they are linked.

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Some on the Pfizer vaccine trials did get Bell’s palsy, but not more than we’d expect by chance
22 December 2020

There’s no evidence the Pfizer vaccine interferes with the placenta

One expert said the possibility was ‘vanishingly small’.

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There’s no evidence the Pfizer vaccine interferes with the placenta

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