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Some Posts About NIH Royalties Omit Fauci Statement That He Donates His Payments

Some Posts About NIH Royalties Omit Fauci Statement That He Donates His Payments

A nonprofit recently reported that, since 2009, the National Institutes of Health and many of its scientists received an estimated $350 million in royalties for developing experimental treatments. Some kept the money, but Dr. Anthony Fauci has said that he donates royalties he receives to charity — a detail left out of some online posts about the payments.

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Post Misleadingly Blames Shipments to Ukraine for Baby Formula Shortage in U.S.

Post Misleadingly Blames Shipments to Ukraine for Baby Formula Shortage in U.S.

A Mississippi-based nonprofit has sent shipments of baby formula to Ukraine since Russia invaded the country. A social media post misleadingly suggests the shipments are responsible for the formula shortage in the U.S. But the shortage has been due to supply chain problems, a product recall and the temporary closure of a manufacturing plant.

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Navarro Falsely Links Fauci to Pandemic Origin

Navarro Falsely Links Fauci to Pandemic Origin

The U.S. indirectly funded some bat coronavirus research at a lab in Wuhan, China. But those experiments could not have led to the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, because the viruses used were very different. Yet former White House trade adviser Peter Navarro repeated a false claim that Dr. Anthony Fauci “killed a lot of people” by funding the lab.

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Gates’ Investment in Startup Firm Is Not Related to Baby Formula Shortage

Gates’ Investment in Startup Firm Is Not Related to Baby Formula Shortage

A fund backed by Bill Gates has invested in a startup working to develop lab-manufactured breast milk, but it won’t reach the market for several years. Yet, social media posts make baseless claims that Gates is behind the current baby formula shortage -- which stems from supply-chain issues and the shutdown at a major manufacturing plant.

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Plan B Pills Still Legal in Tennessee and Missouri, Contrary to Social Media Claims

Plan B Pills Still Legal in Tennessee and Missouri, Contrary to Social Media Claims

Proposed legislation in Tennessee and Missouri would not regulate Plan B contraception pills, and experts say state “trigger laws” that would take effect if Roe v. Wade were overturned will not ban methods of birth control. But social media posts falsely claim that both states have banned Plan B – the morning-after pill.

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Misleading Late Attack on Kathy Barnette in Pennsylvania Senate Race

Misleading Late Attack on Kathy Barnette in Pennsylvania Senate Race

A late attack ad from a super PAC supporting one of Kathy Barnette's opponents in the Pennsylvania Senate Republican primary makes several misleading claims about Barnette, who has surged in the polls.

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Pfizer Documents Show Vaccine Is Highly Effective, Contrary to Social Media Posts

Pfizer Documents Show Vaccine Is Highly Effective, Contrary to Social Media Posts

The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine showed a final efficacy of 91% against symptomatic illness in its phase 3 trial. Social media posts wrongly claim recently released Pfizer documents show the vaccine is "12% effective." That appears to be a misreading of data released more than a year ago.

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Q&A On Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 Oral Antiviral

Q&A On Paxlovid, Pfizer’s COVID-19 Oral Antiviral

Once scarce, Paxlovid, an antiviral pill that is the preferred treatment for non-hospitalized high-risk COVID-19 patients, is no longer in such short supply. Here, we explain what the drug does, how well it works and what questions remain.

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COVID-19 Vaccines Were Available Before Biden Took Office, Contrary to False Tweet

COVID-19 Vaccines Were Available Before Biden Took Office, Contrary to False Tweet

When Joe Biden was sworn in as president, two COVID-19 vaccines had already been authorized and millions of people nationwide had been vaccinated against the disease. But in a May 12 tweet touting economic progress made under Biden, the White House falsely claimed that "there was no vaccine available" at the time he was inaugurated.

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Baby Formula Shortage Fuels Misleading Partisan Claims

Baby Formula Shortage Fuels Misleading Partisan Claims

A shortage of baby formula has provoked misleading partisan claims that suggest President Joe Biden is responsible for the "bare shelves." But the shortage has been caused by a recall and plant shutdown by a major manufacturer and ongoing supply-chain issues due to the pandemic.

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Yes, This Is Ronald Reagan with a Half-Shaved Head

In 1989, the former president had surgery on his skull.

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Kate McKinnon, Pete Davidson Departing from ‘SNL’

Aidy Bryant and Kyle Mooney will also leave the cast.

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Pool Noodle Fight over the Name Josh Again Attracts Hundreds

A couple hundred people grabbed their pool noodles and headed to a Nebraska park to battle over the right to the name Josh.

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Russian Sentenced to Life in Ukraine’s 1st War Crimes Trial

Sgt. Vadim Shishimarin pleaded guilty to shooting a 62-year-old man in the head in a village in the northeastern Sumy region in the early days of the war.

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78,000 Pounds of Infant Formula Arrives in US

President Joe Biden authorized the use of Air Force planes for the effort because no commercial flights were available.

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Report: Top Southern Baptists Stonewalled Sex Abuse Victims

Leaders of the Southern Baptist Convention, America’s largest Protestant denomination, stonewalled and denigrated survivors of clergy sex abuse over almost two decades while seeking to protect their own reputations.

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Biden: US Would Intervene with Military to Defend Taiwan

It was one of the most forceful presidential statements in support of self-governing in decades.

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Is the ‘Southwest Air Fans’ Facebook Ticket Giveaway a Scam or Legit?

The fake "69th anniversary" and "86th anniversary" free tickets scams on pages named "Southwest Air Fans" spread so quickly and widely on Facebook that Southwest Airlines decided to issue an official statement on a Sunday.

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‘Mandela Effect’: Ed McMahon and Publishers Clearing House

Here are eight reasons why so many Americans think they remember entertainer Ed McMahon handing out big checks at people's front doors.

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Yes, Someone Broke Down Laughing in Courtroom of Depp v. Heard Trial

Video footage of the trial observer leaving, seemingly because of uncontrollable laughter, captured social media attention.

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