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FACTCHECK POSTS › FEATURED POSTS › SCICHECK Video: Idaho Doctor Makes Baseless Claims About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines By Catalina Jaramillo Posted on August 27, 2021 THIS ARTICLE IS AVAILABLE IN BOTH ENGLISH AND ESPAÑOL English 1 In this video, FactCheck.org and Univision Noticias teamed up to debunk false claims made by a doctor in Idaho about COVID-19 mRNA vaccines and treatments. COVID-19 mRNA vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna have been found to be safe and effective in clinical trials and in real-world conditions. The Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine, which was previously authorized by the Food and Drug Administration for emergency use, received full approval from the agency on Aug. 23 for people 16 years of age and older. Yet, Dr. Ryan Cole, who owns a medical lab in Idaho, falsely claimed at a forum hosted by Idaho’s lieutenant governor that clinical trials of mRNA vaccines have led to cancers and autoimmune diseases. The video with his remarks amassed more than a million views on social media. Cole referred us to a 2018 paper published in the journal Nature Reviews Drug Discovery that reviewed trials and studies of earlier mRNA vaccines to support his claim. But that paper doesn’t support his statement. In fact, Norbert Pardi, the lead author of the paper, told us that “No publications demonstrate that mRNA vaccines cause cancer or autoimmune diseases.” For more details, see our story, “Idaho Doctor Makes Baseless Claims About Safety of COVID-19 Vaccines,” which, like the video, is available in English and Spanish. Cole also baselessly claimed that ivermectin, a common anti-parasitic medication, could have prevented 375,000 deaths from COVID-19 in North America. But the drug has not been proven to be effective against the disease and neither World Health Organization nor the National Institutes of Health has recommended its use in the treatment of COVID-19. This video with Univision Noticias is part of a joint project funded by the Google News Initiative to produce bilingual videos and articles about COVID-19 immunization misinformation.
I have been hearing about the End of the World for most of my 82+ years. The Christmas of 1956, the EofW's idiots were all over. So at our annual Christmas Dinner, we asked our 70+ year old grandfather about them the EofW's. He said that he remembered seeing them on street corners as a young boy. His Grandfather told him not to worry about them as he had seen and heard them as a young boy. His advice, "Live a good life and love your family and good friends and to forget the EofW idiots."
Here are 12 things to consider as we closed the door on one of the
most horrible years of our lifetime:
1. The dumbest thing I ever bought was a 2020 planner.
2. I was so bored I called Jake from State Farm just to talk to. someone. He asked me what I was wearing.
3. 2019: Stay away from negative people. 2020: Stay away from positive people.
4. The world has turned upside down. Old folks are sneaking out of the house & their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
5. This morning I saw a neighbor talking to her cat. It was obvious she thought her cat understood her. I came into my house & told my dog. We laughed a lot.
6. Every few days try your jeans on just to make sure they fit. Sweats will have you believe all is well in the kingdom.
7. Does anyone know if we can take showers yet or should we just keep washing our hands?
8. This virus has done what no woman has been able to do. Cancel sports, shut down all bars & keep men at home!
9. I never thought the comment, “I wouldn’t touch him/her with a 6-foot pole” would become a national policy, but here we are!
10. I need to practice social-distancing from the refrigerator.
11. I hope the weather is good tomorrow for my trip to the Backyard. I’m getting tired of our family Room.
12. Never in a million years could I have imagined I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask; ask for money and get it with a smile.
Here’s hoping for a Happier New Year, and that this gave you a good laugh!