NOT REAL NEWS: False stories from this week about forced COVID vaccines, 'quarantine camps,' more

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A roundup of immoderate of the astir fashionable but wholly untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these are legit, adjacent though they were shared wide connected societal media. The Associated Press checked them out. Here are the facts:


Video misrepresents voluntary vaccine session extracurricular Idaho school

Claim: A video shows U.S. authorities agents forcing students astatine an Idaho mediate schoolhouse to person COVID-19 vaccines down the building.

The facts: An incendiary video circulating wide connected societal media this week weaponizes footage from a voluntary, wellness district-run vaccine session to propulsion the mendacious communicative that the U.S. subject is forcibly vaccinating children. "You're astir to spot immoderate disturbing footage," the video's narrator says implicit suspenseful music. "You're going to spot authorities agents escort children to their execution, to a small shed down the schoolhouse successful secrecy. They propulsion these children retired of class, they unit them into getting the vaccine and they inject them successful wide daylight." The narrator refers to immunizing children arsenic a "genocide," adjacent though the FDA has declared that the Pfizer vaccine is harmless and offers beardown extortion to children arsenic young arsenic 12. The narrator besides claims the property wasn't invited "to witnesser the lethal injection." As the narrator speaks, a video clip shows students milling successful and retired of a structure extracurricular their school. The Panhandle Health District arranged the voluntary vaccine session astatine Coeur d'Alene's Canfield Middle School connected May 28 to "reduce barriers individuals whitethorn person to receiving the vaccine" and "make it convenient for students and parents," said Katherine Hoyer, nationalist accusation serviceman for the wellness agency. It was 1 of respective clinics held astatine section schools successful the spring, according to Scott Maben, communications manager for Coeur d'Alene Public Schools. Maben confirmed that the lawsuit was "completely voluntary and with genitor permission" and that it was organized by the Panhandle Health District, with the mediate schoolhouse arsenic a venue. Maben besides explained determination was nary information to claims that this oregon different vaccine clinics astatine section schools were hidden from the public. "The wellness section announced these clinics publically weeks successful advance, and we shared the sign-up links and parental support signifier with mediate and precocious schoolhouse parents," Maben said. "A fewer weeks anterior to this I invited section media to be the archetypal vaccination session astatine a precocious school." Members of the Idaho National Guard helped facilitate the clinics due to the fact that they were deployed by Idaho Gov. Brad Little to assistance section wellness districts with the COVID-19 response, which includes vaccination efforts, Hoyer said.

-- Associated Press writer Ali Swenson successful Seattle contributed this report.

Inaccurate information spreads astir COVID hospitalizations successful the UK

Claim: Sixty percent of radical being admitted to the infirmary for COVID-19 successful England person had 2 doses of coronavirus vaccine.

The facts: The other is true. Sixty percent of radical who are hospitalized with COVID-19 successful the U.K. are unvaccinated. Sir Patrick Vallance, main technological advisor for the U.K., gave the incorrect statistic astatine a property league Monday, but issued a correction aboriginal that day. "Correcting a statistic I gave astatine the property league today, 19 July," Vallance wrote successful his post. "About 60% of hospitalisations from covid are not from treble vaccinated people, alternatively 60% of hospitalisations from covid are presently from unvaccinated people." Nevertheless, societal media users rapidly ran with the inaccurate accusation without acknowledging the correction. An Instagram station with 21,000 likes shows a screenshot of a tweet from media tract that says, "JUST IN- 60% of radical being admitted to the infirmary with #COVID19 successful England person had 2 doses of a coronavirus vaccine, according to the government's main technological adviser." The idiosyncratic who posted the representation to Instagram captioned it, "This is playing retired conscionable arsenic galore predicted..." Emma Griffiths, caput of communications astatine the U.K. Government Office for Science, besides affirmed the corrected statistic successful an email to The Associated Press. "Chief Scientific Adviser Patrick Vallance yesterday clarified, 60% of hospitalisations from COVID-19 are presently from unvaccinated people," Griffiths said. Neither the Government Office for Science nor Public Health England instantly responded to inquiries astir what caused the archetypal error.

-- Associated Press writer Terrence Fraser successful New York contributed this report.

Canada does not prohibition vaccinated pilots from flying

Claim: Canada prohibits vaccinated pilots from flying due to the fact that the COVID-19 vaccine is simply a "medical trial" and determination are wellness risks progressive with specified trials.

The facts: Canada's proscription bureau allows pilots to person immoderate vaccine that's been approved by the country's wellness regulator, Health Canada, according to Transport Canada Senior Communications Adviser Sau Sau Liu. All 4 COVID-19 vaccines disposable successful Canada - vaccines made by Pfizer, Moderna, Johnson & Johnson and AstraZeneca - went done extended objective trials, were recovered to beryllium harmless and effective, and were authorized for usage by Health Canada. Therefore, pilots are allowed to get the vaccines. The mendacious assertion started with a screenshot of a 2020 web leafage from Transport Canada. Text connected the leafage stated that portion Transport Canada Civil Aviation Medicine "places nary restrictions oregon limitations connected vaccines approved by Health Canada, it remains the wide presumption of TC CAM that information successful aesculapian trials is not considered compatible with aviation aesculapian certification." The screenshot circulated connected Twitter, Facebook and assorted Canadian websites and connection boards with claims Canada had banned pilots from flying if they were vaccinated for COVID-19. Twitter users claimed the COVID-19 vaccines were categorized arsenic aesculapian trials. However, receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is not grounds for pilots to beryllium blocked from flying successful Canada, nor are the vaccines considered aesculapian trials, according to Liu. The outdated screenshot circulating online is simply a relic from aboriginal successful the pandemic, erstwhile pilots were asking Transport Canada if they could instrumentality portion successful early-stage COVID-19 vaccine trials, Liu said. At that time, the bureau reminded pilots that information successful aesculapian trials is typically not considered compatible with aviation certification. "Now that Health Canada has approved the vaccines, the remark regarding aesculapian trials is little relevant," Liu said. The web leafage has been updated to clarify that pilots won't beryllium grounded oregon denied certification for getting 1 of the 4 COVID-19 vaccines approved by Health Canada.

-- Ali Swenson

Photo of flooding manipulated to adhd anti-Thunberg sticker connected car

Claim: Photo shows German car caught successful floodwaters with anti-Greta Thunberg sticker connected rear window.

The facts: Last week, arsenic terrible floods successful Germany and Belgium turned streets into raging torrents, a manipulated photograph circulated connected societal media that appears to amusement a BMW half-submerged successful the floodwaters with a sticker connected the rear model saying "F--- you Greta." The sticker, which was added digitally to the archetypal image, was an evident notation to Greta Thunberg, the well-known Swedish biology activist. Twitter users shared the manipulated photograph and claimed it was "ironic" and an illustration of "karma." The photograph was besides shared wide connected Facebook. The original, unaltered photo, which does not see the sticker, was featured successful a July 16 nonfiction astir car h2o harm during terrible upwind by German media outlet Bild. Photographer David Young captured the photograph for Bild successful the metropolis of Wuppertal past week. The sticker does not look successful the archetypal photo. "It is my photograph and it has been manipulated," Young told the AP successful a call. "The sticker is fake."

-- Associated Press writer Arijeta Lajka successful New York contributed this report.

Satire fuels mendacious claims of 'quarantine camps' for unvaccinated successful US

Claim: President Joe Biden precocious announced that Americans not vaccinated for COVID-19 earlier 2022 volition beryllium sent to quarantine camps until they get their shots.

The facts: An representation circulating wide connected Instagram this week pushes the mendacious assertion that Biden is readying connected sending Americans to "quarantine camps." Biden has not made immoderate specified announcement. The representation shows a screenshot of an nonfiction from the website, featuring an illustration of the president. "Announces Americans Not Vaccinated Before 2022 Will Be Put In Camps," reads the disposable portion of the story's headline. The substance of the communicative claims Biden volition detain radical "indefinitely until they get their shots." An net hunt finds the communicative does look connected, which bills itself arsenic a nonpartisan fiscal quality website. However, astatine the bottommost of the story, the substance reveals the station is satire and originated connected The Stonk Market, a fiscal satire website. The COVID-19 vaccine is not mandatory successful the United States and Biden has not announced immoderate plans to detain radical who take not to get vaccinated. Biden continues to promote Americans to get vaccinated arsenic the federation sees rising COVID-19 lawsuit numbers driven by ample pockets of corruption among radical who person yet to get shots.

-- Ali Swenson

French emblem photograph shows World Cup celebration, not protests

Claim: Photo of a blonde pistillate holding a French emblem supra a ample assemblage shows caller protests successful Paris implicit the government's latest coronavirus measures.

The facts: The representation shows celebrations successful Paris successful July 2018 aft France won the World Cup, not a caller protest. More than 100,000 radical protested crossed France connected Saturday against the government's caller measures to marque vaccines compulsory for each wellness attraction workers and to necessitate a "health pass" for entree to restaurants and different nationalist venues. Twitter and Facebook users shared a photograph implicit the play of a blonde pistillate holding a ample French emblem adjacent a assemblage filling the Champs-Elysees with vague references to a "revolution" and unsubstantiated claims that millions of radical attended the protests. But a reverse-image hunt shows the representation was taken by an AFP lensman successful July 2018. It appeared successful quality reports astir celebrations successful Paris aft France won that year's World Cup. "This representation taken from the apical of the Arch of Triumph (Arc de Triomphe) connected July 15, 2018 shows radical celebrating France's triumph successful the Russia 2018 World Cup last shot lucifer betwixt France and Croatia, connected the Champs-Elysees avenue successful Paris," reads a caption of the photograph connected Getty Images.

-- Ali Swenson

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