The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/16/2021

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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 Ron DeSantis (R): Says Joe Biden “is trying to shut FL’s border.”

Politifact rating: False (No evidence)

No indication that Biden administration is planning to shut down the Florida border

Claim via Social Media: There is no reason to get COVID-19 vaccines because vaccinated people can still get sick and are still required to wear masks

Health Feedback rating: Misleading 

COVID-19 vaccines protect individuals from developing the disease and are necessary tools to end the pandemic along with physical distancing measures

Claim by Alma Adams (D): “Almost 40% of borrowers with student loan debt didn’t finish their degree.”

Politifact rating: Mostly True (Close, according to research it is 38.6%)

Democrats say 40% of people with college debt didn’t get degrees

Claim by Breitbart, Climate Change Dispatch, Principia Scientific, Climate Depot and Technocracy News: “Most extreme weather phenomena have not become more extreme, more deadly, or more destructive”

Climate Feedback Rating: Very Low Scientific Credibility

Breitbart article makes numerous false claims about the impacts of climate change, based on Global Warming Policy Foundation post

Ratings: Breitbart, Climate Change Dispatch, Principia Scientific, Climate Depot, Technocracy News

Claim: A 2021 Presidents Day auction was selling, among other things, actual hair from former President George Washington and a Harvard sweater that belonged to John F. Kennedy.

Snopes.com rating: True

Are George Washington’s Hair and JFK’s Harvard Sweater Up for Auction?

(International: Ghana) Claim: Ghana to receive about 2.4 million AstraZeneca/Oxford COVID-19 vaccine by end of February.

Ghana Fact rating: False

COVAX: Ghana’s COVID-19 vaccine allocations to come in two batches

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