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COVID-19 vaccinations: fertility and pregnancy
13 April 2021

EXPLAINER: COVID-19 vaccines, fertility and pregnancy

The issue of how COVID-19 vaccines may impact fertility and/or pregnancy continues to be live. Health Minister Robin Swann told the Stormont health committee on

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Disinformation in a pandemic: sharing fact checkers’ experiences
30 March 2021
As part of the Imagine! Belfast Festival of Ideas and Politics, on 23 March 2021, editors from three fact-checking organisations across these isles shared their

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The electoral register and the 10-year canvass
2 March 2021

EXPLAINER: How is the electoral register maintained in Northern Ireland?

What is the electoral register? The Electoral Commission describes the electoral register as “a record of the names and addresses of people eligible to vote

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Children living in poverty in Northern Ireland
25 February 2021

EXPLAINER: A paediatrician has claimed that one third of children in Northern Ireland live in poverty.

How many children in Northern Ireland live in poverty? Dr Julie-Ann Maney, a paediatrician who works at the Royal Belfast Hospital for Sick Children, wrote

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How does a RT-PCR test for COVID-19 work?
4 February 2021

EXPLAINER: How to PCR tests work and how accurate are they?

A video recently shared on Facebook made the claim (at 05:39): “[The] problem with PCR [testing] is that it’s something of a haystack creator in

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COVID-19 and mandatory vaccination
5 January 2021

EXPLAINER: What does the law say about mandatory vaccination?

With the announcement of the rollout of vaccines for COVID-19, there has been discussion on whether it should be made compulsory for individuals to be

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COVID-19 conspiracy theories: how to have ‘the talk’ 
11 December 2020
by Dr Orna YOUNG (11 December 2020) Any discussion of COVID-19 and the development and introduction of vaccines to combat it invariably gives rise to

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COVID-19 vaccines and microchip devices
10 December 2020

EXPLAINER: Is there any truth to the rumours that circulate online about COVID-19 vaccines containing microchips?

Back in June 2020, Kanye West revealed that he had contracted coronavirus in February. He expressed reservations about possible vaccines, encompassing many frequently shared claims:

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The COVID-19 mRNA vaccine: What is it and how has it been developed so quickly?
2 December 2020

EXPLAINER: How has the COVID-19 mRNA vaccine been developed so quickly?

The Pfizer/BioNTech coronavirus vaccine has been approved for use in the UK from the week commencing 6 December 2020. This means that the UK has

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Pregnancies and abortion in Northern Ireland
27 November 2020

EXPLAINER: How complete are the abortion figures for Northern Ireland?

In 2019, available figures estimate that 4.4% of pregnancies of Northern Ireland residents ended in abortion. This compares to an estimated 24% of pregnancies in

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Overcoming closed borders: opening up fact-checking solutions
24 November 2020
Interview with Giovanni ZAGNI (Director, Pagella Politica) by Allan LEONARD (24 November 2020) “I haven’t seen some of my colleagues in six months,” remarked Giovanni

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What is group screening for COVID-19?
20 October 2020

EXPLAINER about the concept, benefits and downsides of group COVID-19 testing

Summary: Group screening takes samples from multiple people, mixes them together, and tests them as one. People within a group that test positive are individually