A look at what didn’t happen this week


A summary of some of the most popular but completely bogus stories and visuals of the week. None of them are legitimate, even though they have been shared widely on social media. The Associated Press verified them. Here are the facts:


Video misrepresents voluntary vaccination clinic outside Idaho school

CLAIM: Video shows U.S. government agents forcing college students in Idaho to receive COVID-19 vaccines behind the building.

THE FACTS: An inflammatory video circulating widely on social media this week militarizes footage of a voluntary vaccination clinic run by a health district to push the false narrative that the US military is forcibly vaccinating children. “You are about to see some disturbing images,” says the video’s narrator over suspenseful music. “You will see government agents escorting the children to their execution, in a small shed behind the school in secret. They remove these children from the classroom, force them to be vaccinated and inject them in broad daylight. Narrator calls vaccination of children “genocide” even though the FDA has declared Pfizer’s vaccine to be safe and offers strong protection to children as young as 12 years old. The narrator also claims that the press was not invited “to attend the lethal injection”. As the narrator speaks, a video clip shows students entering and exiting a tent outside their school. The Panhandle Health District hosted the Voluntary Vaccination Clinic at Canfield Middle School in Coeur d’Alene on May 28 to “reduce the barriers that individuals may have in receiving the vaccine” and “make it convenient for students. and parents, ”said Katherine Hoyer, Public Information Officer. for the health agency. It was one of many clinics held in local schools in the spring, according to Scott Maben, communications director for Coeur d’Alene Public Schools. Maben confirmed that the event was “completely voluntary and with parental permission” and that it was hosted by the Panhandle Health District, with the college as the venue. Maben also explained that there was no truth in claiming that this vaccination clinic or others in local schools were hidden from the public. “The health department publicly announced these clinics weeks in advance, and we shared the registration links and parental consent form with parents in middle and high school,” Maben said. “A few weeks earlier, I had invited the local media to attend the first high school vaccination clinic. Members of the Idaho National Guard helped facilitate the clinics as they were deployed by Idaho Governor Brad Little to assist local health districts in the COVID-19 response, which includes efforts to vaccination, Hoyer said.

– Associated Press writer Ali Swenson in Seattle contributed to this report.


Inaccurate data spreads over COVID-related hospitalizations in UK

CLAIM: Sixty percent of people admitted to hospital for COVID-19 in England have received two doses of the coronavirus vaccine.

THE FACTS: The opposite is true. Sixty percent of people hospitalized with COVID-19 in the UK are not vaccinated. Sir Patrick Vallance, the UK’s chief scientific adviser, gave the wrong statistic at a press conference on Monday, but issued a correction later today. “Correct a statistic I gave at today’s press conference, July 19,” Vallance wrote in his message. “About 60% of hospitalizations for covid are not due to double vaccinated people, but 60% of hospitalizations for covid are currently unvaccinated people.” Nonetheless, social media users were quick to run around with the inaccurate information without recognizing the correction. An Instagram post with 21,000 likes shows a screenshot of a tweet from the media site Disclose.tv that read: “JUST IN – 60% of people admitted to hospital with # COVID19 in England received two doses of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the government’s chief scientific adviser. The user who posted the image to Instagram captioned it: “This is going as many predicted …” Emma Griffiths, head of communication to the UK Government Office for Science, also confirmed the corrected statistic in an email to The Associated Press. “Chief Science Advisor Patrick Vallance clarified yesterday that 60% of hospitalizations due to COVID-19 currently relate to unvaccinated people, “Griffiths said. Neither the Government Office for Science nor Public Health England immediately responded to inquiries about the cause of the original error.

– Associated Press writer Terrence Fraser in New York contributed to this report.


Canada does not ban vaccinated pilots from flying

CLAIM: Canada bans vaccinated pilots from flying because the COVID-19 vaccine is a “medical trial” and such trials carry health risks.

THE FACTS: Canada’s transportation agency allows pilots to receive any vaccine approved by the country’s health regulator, Health Canada, according to Transport Canada’s senior communications advisor Sau Sau Liu. The four COVID-19 vaccines available in Canada – vaccines manufactured by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca – have been extensively clinically tested, found to be safe and effective, and have been approved for use by Health Canada. Therefore, pilots are allowed to be vaccinated. The misrepresentation started with a screenshot of a Transport Canada 2020 webpage. The text on the page stated that although Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medicine “places no restrictions or limitations on vaccines approved by Health Canada, TC CAM’s general position remains that participation in medical trials is not considered compatible with aviation medical certification ”. The screenshot circulated on Twitter, Facebook and various Canadian websites and message boards, claiming that Canada had banned pilots from flying if they were vaccinated against COVID-19. Twitter users claimed the COVID-19 vaccines were classified as medical trials. However, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is not a ground for preventing pilots from flying to Canada, nor are the vaccines considered medical trials, according to Liu. The outdated screenshot circulating online is a relic of the start of the pandemic, when pilots asked Transport Canada if they could participate in early stage COVID-19 vaccine trials, Liu said. At that time, the agency reminded pilots that participation in medical tests is generally not considered compatible with aeronautical certification. “Now that Health Canada has approved the vaccines, the comment about the medical trials is less relevant,” Liu said. The web page has been updated to clarify that pilots will not be denied certification for obtaining one of the four COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada.

– Ali Swenson


Flood photo manipulated to add anti-Thunberg sticker to the car

CLAIM: The photo shows a German car caught in flood waters with an anti-Greta Thunberg sticker on the rear window.

THE FACTS: Last week, as severe flooding in Germany and Belgium turned the streets into raging torrents, a manipulated photo circulated on social media that appears to show a BMW half-submerged in flood water with a sticker on the rear window saying “F — you Greta”. The sticker, which was digitally added to the original image, was an apparent reference to Greta Thunberg, the famous Swedish environmental activist. Twitter users shared the manipulated photo and claimed it was “ironic” and an example of “karma”. The photo was also shared widely on Facebook. The original, unedited photo, which does not include the sticker, was featured in a July 16 post. on water damage on cars during severe weather phenomena by German media Bild. Photographer David Young took the photo for Bild in the town of Wuppertal last week. The sticker does not appear on the original photo. “This is my picture and it has been manipulated,” Young told the AP on a call. “The sticker is wrong.”

– Associated Press writer Arijeta Lajka in New York contributed to this report.


Satire fuels false claims of ‘quarantine camps’ for the unvaccinated in the United States

CLAIM: President Joe Biden recently announced that Americans not vaccinated against COVID-19 before 2022 will be sent to quarantine camps until they get vaccinated.

THE FACTS: An image circulating widely on Instagram this week pushes the false claim that Biden is considering sending Americans to “quarantine camps.” Biden made no such announcement. The image shows a screenshot of an article on the ValueWalk.com website, featuring an illustration of the president. “Announces that Americans unvaccinated before 2022 will be placed in camps,” reads the visible portion of the story’s title. The text of the story claims that Biden will hold people “indefinitely until they get shot.” Internet research reveals the story appears on ValueWalk.com, which advertises itself as a non-partisan financial news website. However, at the bottom of the story, the text reveals that the post is satire and originated from The Stonk Market, a financial satire website. The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory in the United States, and Biden has not announced any plans to detain people who choose not to be vaccinated. Biden continues to encourage Americans to get vaccinated as nation sees COVID-19 cases rise caused by large pockets of infection among people who have not yet received vaccines.

– Ali Swenson


The French flag photo shows the celebration of the World Cup, not the protests

CLAIM: The photo of a blonde woman holding a French flag above a large crowd shows recent protests in Paris against the government’s latest coronavirus measures.

THE FACTS: The image shows celebrations in Paris in July 2018 after France won the World Cup, not a recent protest. More than 100,000 people demonstrated across France Saturday against recent government moves to make vaccines mandatory for all healthcare workers and to require a “health pass” to access restaurants and other public places. Twitter and Facebook users shared a photo over the weekend of a blonde woman holding a large French flag near a crowd filling the Champs-Elysees with vague references to a “revolution” and claims that millions of people attended the protests. But a reverse image search shows the image was taken by an AFP photographer in July 2018. It has appeared in reports. on the celebrations in Paris after France won the World Cup that year. This photo taken from the top of the Arc de Triomphe (Arc de Triomphe) on July 15, 2018 shows people celebrating France’s victory in the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia final between France and Croatia, on the avenue des Champs-Elysées in Paris, “reads a legend from the photo on Getty Images.

– Ali Swenson


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