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Paul Misleads on Natural Infection and COVID-19 Vaccines

Paul Misleads on Natural Infection and COVID-19 Vaccines

In a tweet, Sen. Rand Paul misleadingly suggested that immunity from “[n]aturally acquired” COVID-19 was better than that from a vaccine. But it’s not known how immunity from the two sources compares — and the entire point of a vaccine is to offer immunity without the risk of getting sick.

Trump Baselessly Alleges COVID-19 Vaccine Announcement Was Delayed

Trump Baselessly Alleges COVID-19 Vaccine Announcement Was Delayed

In a series of tweets, President Donald Trump claimed — without evidence — that the pharma company Pfizer and his own FDA purposely held off on releasing positive interim results about a COVID-19 vaccine candidate until after the election.

FactChecking Trump’s Immunity Claims

FactChecking Trump’s Immunity Claims

President Trump said that once he came down with COVID-19, people for partisan reasons shifted from saying immunity was lifelong to saying it lasted only a few months. Experts haven’t changed their estimates.

Trump Distorts WHO’s Lockdown Comments

Trump Distorts WHO’s Lockdown Comments

At campaign rallies and in tweets, President Trump falsely said the World Health Organization changed its position and “admitted that Donald Trump was right” about lockdowns. But the agency has said no such thing.

Atlas, Paul Mislead on Preexisting COVID-19 ‘Immunity’

Atlas, Paul Mislead on Preexisting COVID-19 ‘Immunity’

Coronavirus task force member Dr. Scott Atlas and Sen. Rand Paul have misleadingly suggested that much of the U.S. population has immunity to the coronavirus due to previous exposure to similar viruses. But scientists say any possible protection is theoretical.

Trump Overstates Status of COVID-19 Antibody Drugs

Trump Overstates Status of COVID-19 Antibody Drugs

Calling investigational COVID-19 antibody drugs “cures” in a video posted to Twitter, President Donald Trump incorrectly said the therapies had been authorized and that “hundreds of thousands of doses” were nearly ready.

Trump’s COVID-19 Misinformation Since Testing Positive

Trump’s COVID-19 Misinformation Since Testing Positive

Even after contracting the coronavirus and being hospitalized, President Donald Trump has continued to downplay the risks of COVID-19 and exaggerate the progress the U.S. has made in fighting the pandemic.

Updated: Q&A on Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

Updated: Q&A on Trump’s COVID-19 Diagnosis

On Oct. 2, President Trump revealed that he and the first lady had tested positive for COVID-19. Here we answer common questions about the risks of the disease, treatments available and the shortcomings of testing.

Trump Misleads on Reasons for Falling COVID-19 Fatality Rate

Trump Misleads on Reasons for Falling COVID-19 Fatality Rate

For nearly two months, President Trump has touted an 85% decline in the nation’s COVID-19 case fatality rate since April — and has attributed the drop to improvements in treatment. But better treatment is only part of the story.