US Fact check: Chet Hanks video makes false claim about vaccine safety and UFOs
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The claim: There's more evidence of UFOs being real than the COVID-19 vaccine being healthy for you
Actor and musician Chet Hanks, the son of Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, claims there is more evidence supporting the existence of UFOs than for the safety of the COVID-19 vaccine.
Hanks, whosein the early stages of the pandemic, recently took to Instagram to share his controversial stance on vaccinations.
"There's more evidence of UFOs being real than that vaccine being healthy for you, just saying," Hanks asserts in anwith more than 260,000 views. "If the aliens are out there, I'm ready for y'all to come get me."
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The United States is on track to exceed the total number of COVID deaths in July and August combined within a matter of days. Live updates.Through Saturday, the country reported 32,526 deaths in September, compared to 27,612 in all of August. With deaths averaging nearly 2,000 per day, the U.S. is on track to exceed the total deaths of July and August combined within a matter of days, a USA TODAY analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University shows.
His commentsa previous video, in which he jokingly encouraged people to get vaccinated and then yelled "PSYCH!" He proceeded to falsely compare the .
Despite Hanks' viral video, data from clinical trials, peer-reviewed research studies and the vaccine rollout have shown all three vaccinesby the U.S. Food and Drug Administration are . But there's no such firm evidence supporting the existence of UFOs.
USA TODAY reached out to a spokesperson for Hanks for additional comment.
COVID-19 vaccines safe, effective
COVID-19 vaccines have beenThey prevent hospitalizations, deaths and illnesses, contrary to Hanks' claim, which is based on information.
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Clinical trials involving tens of thousands of participants found the vaccines are safe and effective at preventing COVID-19.
Astudied more than 30,000 participants and found it was 94% effective at preventing symptomatic COVID-19 cases. Similarly, a trial for Pfizer’s vaccine that studied approximately 43,000 participants concluded the shot was . A trial with more than 43,000 enrolled participants for the found the shot was 85% effective in preventing severe diseases.
"no specific safety concerns identified that would preclude issuance of an" emergency use authorization, briefing .
For months, the FDA has authorized all three vaccines for emergency use. On Aug. 8, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergies and Infectious Diseases,’ “Meet the Press” that the FDA could give full approval for the vaccines by the end of August.
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Meanwhile, California's rate of transmission is an average of 94 cases per 100,000, which is considered "substantial" by the CDC. More COVID updates.It is the only state in the country reporting transmission levels considered "substantial" by the CDC, along with the territory Puerto Rico. All other states currently have "high" levels of transmission." High transmission consists of 100 or more cases per 100,000 people in the last week.
The evidence that the COVID-19 vaccines are safe and effective doesn't just come from clinical trials. The vaccine rollout has proved the shots work.
Dr. Rochelle Wolensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention,that more than 97% of hospitalized COVID-19 patients were unvaccinated. of state data shows unvaccinated Americans make up more than 94% of COVID-19 cases. are among unvaccinated people, too.
As of Aug. 12, approximatelyCOVID-19 shot. Since December, more than vaccine doses , according to the CDC.
If the vaccines weren't safe, it stands to reason that there would be widespread, confirmed reports of severe side effects. But there aren't.
Some serious side effects reported after vaccination, such as Guillain-Barré syndrome and thrombocytopenia syndrome – a blood clotting disorder – are rare,. Researchers analyzed confirmed side effects reported to the federal government's Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System and found the benefits of the vaccines outweigh the risks.
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For example, the report found that every 1 million doses of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are likely to prevent about 1,800 hospitalizations and 140 deaths, while causing 14 to 17 cases of Guillain-Barré syndrome and one to two cases of the blood clotting disorder.
Widespread misperceptions about the safety of the vaccines also don't hold water.
Some people claim vaccines were developed too quickly, therefore they can't be safe. However,, which helped accelerate the vaccine development process.
Persistent claims that vaccines change your, or that they aren't safe for have been previously debunked. On Aug. 11, the pregnant women should be vaccinated against COVID-19, based on an analysis that did not show an increased risk of miscarriage.
No firm conclusions from UFO report
Hanks' claim that there is evidence to support the existence of UFOs likely stems fromfrom the office of the U.S. Director of National Intelligence that did not draw any "firm conclusions" about reported sightings.
Out of 144 "unidentified aerial phenomena" (UAP) sightings, only one could be explained: It was a large, deflating balloon.
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"In a limited number of incidents, UAP reportedly appeared to exhibit unusual flight characteristics," the report says. "These observations could be the result of sensor errors, spoofing, or observer misperception and require additional rigorous analysis."
Sightings of aerial phenomena often include weather incidents, routine natural events, weather balloons or misfires in sensor systems and cameras,.
Investigators did not find any evidence the sightings were linked to aliens, but they did not. Ultimately, the report concluded there is no definitive explanation behind aerial phenomena spotted by military pilots.
Our rating: False
Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that there is more evidence UFOs exist than that the COVID-19 vaccine is healthy for you. All three vaccines authorized by the FDA in the U.S. have been found to be safe and effective at preventing deaths, hospitalizations and illnesses, as shown in both clinical trials and the hundreds of millions of vaccinations administered. Meanwhile, a government report found no evidence showing any unidentified flying objects were of alien origin.
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Fact check: Chet Hanks video makes false claim about vaccine safety and UFOs
A viral video by Chet Hanks contains misinformation about COVID-19 vaccine safety and UFOs. Abundant evidence shows vaccines are safe and effective.Hanks, whose parents were hospitalized with COVID-19 in the early stages of the pandemic, recently took to Instagram to share his controversial stance on vaccinations.
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California to require COVID-19 vaccines for schoolchildren .
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California will become the first U.S. state to require COVID-19 vaccinations for children to attend public and private schools in person in a mandate that could effect millions of students. Gov. Gavin Newsom on Friday announced that the coronavirus shot will be added to 10 other immunizations already required for school kids, including those for measles and mumps. Exemptions would be granted for medical reasons or because of religious or personal beliefs but the exemption rules haven't been written yet pending public comment.Any student without an exemption who refuses to get the vaccine would be forced to do independent study at home.