The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/4/2021

Each day Media Bias Fact Check selects and publishes fact checks from around the world. We only utilize fact-checkers that are either a signatory of the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN) or have been verified as credible by MBFC. Further, we review each fact check for accuracy before publishing. (D. Van Zandt)

Claim Codes: Red = Fact Check on a Right Claim, Blue = Fact Check on a Left Claim, Black = Not Political/Conspiracy/Pseudoscience/Other

Claim by Facebook tried to “shut down” the campaign to recall California Gov. Gavin Newsom.

Politifact rating: False

No, Facebook Didn’t Try To ‘Shut Down’ Gavin Newsom Recall Effort

RedState Rating

Claim by the Gateway Pundit: The “American Journal of Medicine admit their stand on [hydroxychloroquine] was wrong”; it “published evidence that hydroxychloroquine is effective for preventing COVID-19″

Health Feedback rating: Inaccurate

The American Journal of Medicine didn’t recommend hydroxychloroquine as a treatment for COVID-19; scientific evidence doesn’t show hydroxychloroquine is effective against COVID-19

Gateway Pundit Rating

Claim by Dr. Simone Gold: “If you take the [COVID-19] vaccine. … It means you’ve enrolled yourself in a medical trial.” rating: False

Video Uses Bogus Claims to Stoke Race-Based Fears of COVID-19 Vaccine

Claim via Social Media: 830,000 barrels of oil will need to be carried by trucks or trains daily without the Keystone XL pipeline expansion

Lead Stories rating: False

Fact Check: Calculations of Tanker Truck Fuel Needed To Replace Keystone XL Pipeline Capacity Does NOT Compute

Claim by Jim Justice (R): “We’re now at 108.1% of the vaccines received that we’ve put in arms, meaning that we’ve got more vaccines out of the vials and absolutely not throwing a single one away.”

PolitiFact rating: True

How did West Virginia inject 108.1% of its vaccine doses?

(International: United Kingdom) Claim: Daily Mail: Two Pfizer doses are 99.96% effective.

Full Fact rating: The Pfizer vaccine has an efficacy rate of over 90%. The 99.96% figure is not an efficacy rate but the proportion of people vaccinated in Israel who did not later test positive for the virus.

Pfizer vaccine effective, though not as effective as newspapers suggest

Daily Mail Rating

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