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    Influencers asked to spread anti-vax comments by mysterious PR agency

    Social media influencers in Europe say they were contacted by a mysterious PR agency that asked them to claim that COVID-19 vaccines had caused hundreds of deaths. The PR agency, which claimed to be based in the U.K., reportedly offered to pay prominent influencers in France and Germany so long as they agreed to spread […] More

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    Tucker Carlson is publicly anti-vax—but he won’t say if he got the shot

    After weeks of Tucker Carlson’s anti-vaccine tirade on Fox News, people want to know whether the host has been vaccinated himself. Carlson has repeatedly called into question the efficacy of the COVID-19 vaccine and the people behind the public health initiative. But, he’s never said if he himself would or wouldn’t be taking it. Now, […] More

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    The newest COVID-19 hoax is a regurgitated conspiracy from last year

    Like much COVID-19 disinformation, the post grabs your attention. But unless you’re primed to believe conspiracy theories about the deadly virus, most would find its claims dubious at best. Spend any time researching, and you’ll find numerous fact checks thoroughly debunking its claims, including one by the scientist who was falsely credited as the author. The post […] More

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    Welcome to the ever-expanding world of vaccine passport conspiracy theories

    Since COVID-19 first emerged as a global pandemic, virtually every facet of treating and preventing the illness has been steeped in controversies, culture war arguments, and endless conspiracies. Simple preventive measures and complex ones alike have all been fuel for a massive complex of conspiracy mongers who see masks and lockdowns as, at best, feel-good […] More

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    Video shows young travelers refusing to wear masks, take COVID-19 tests, or quarantine while traveling through 3 airports

    A video shared by the Fifty Shades of Whey account on Twitter shows young Canadian travelers flouting its country’s COVID-19 quarantine protocols while professing to “encourage choice for people.” The video is narrated by a young female who claims to have traveled from the Dominican Republic to Toronto by way of North Carolina without wearing a mask. […] More

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    These COVID-adjacent films provide a clear-eyed view of the pandemic—and ourselves

    Nearly a year into the pandemic, COVID-19 has entered the festival circuit. These films and documentaries are only a fraction of the COVID-centric projects—whether they were directly about COVID, filmed during COVID, or became eerie echoes (whether planned or not) of COVID—that debuted at the 2021 Sundance Film Festival. They’re among the many time capsules we’ll […] More

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    COVID-19 is helping revive an old American conspiracy about FEMA camps

    2021 is proving to be another big year for conspiracy theories peddled by those in power, and in January, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) offered up one of the classics. During a press conference, DeSantis was asked about President Joe Biden’s COVID-19 vaccination plan, which includes mobilizing FEMA to create dedicated centers for deploying more vaccines.  Read more. More

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    How to fix the vaccine rollout

    At a moment when vaccines promise to end the coronavirus pandemic, emerging new variants threaten to accelerate it. The astonishingly fast development of safe and effective vaccines is being stymied by the glacial pace of actual vaccinations while 3,000 Americans die each day. Read more. More

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