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The Latest Fact Checks curated by Media Bias Fact Check 2/23/2021

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 via Social Media: “If you make $50,000/year, $36 of your taxes goes to food stamps. $4,000 goes to corporate subsidies.”

Politifact rating: False (Experts say these numbers are not possible)

Facebook post misleads about tax bill breakdown

Claim via letter to the New England Journal of Medicine: “Pfizer says new data shows 1 dose is 93% effective after 2 weeks, almost as good as 2 doses. They urge a change in policy to single dosing.”

The Dispatch rating: False (Pfizer has not changed recommendation of two doses)

Is Pfizer Recommending a Switch to a Single-Dose Policy?

Claim by Buck Sexton: The science says “open the schools, stop wearing masks outside, and everyone at low risk should start living normal lives.”

Politifact rating: False (Science does not agree)

Conservative talk show host falsely claims ‘science’ supports a return to normal now

Claim via Social Media: “Utah OFFICIALLY starts RECALL for Mitt Romney.. 124k signatures in 1 hour!!”

Reuters Fact Check Rating: False (not being recalled)

Fact check: Utah Republican Party is not officially recalling Mitt Romney

Claim via Social Media: “Habitual use of vitamin D supplements was associated with a 34% lower risk of COVID-19 infection”; “This is an observational study so causation cannot be established”

Health Feedback rating: Mostly Accurate (there has been a correlation, but still no proven causation between vitamin D levels in the body and the risk of COVID-19 infection)

More evidence needed for the claim that vitamin D supplements reduce risk of COVID-19 infection

(International: Sweden) Claim: Greta Thunberg eating food on train as African children watch her.

Alt News rating: False (Fake Photo)

Morphed image of Greta Thunberg shared amid farmers’ protest toolkit controversy

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