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A recent study by German researchers did not find that COVID-19 vaccines could cause long-term brain damage, its author told The Associated Press.
The study examined the possible effects on the brain from the coronavirus itself.
The claim originated on a site known for spreading misinformation.
A TikTok video shared a since-deleted tweet claiming that "a European study has found COVID-19 vaccines could be causing ‘long-term brain damage.’"
But the study examined the possible effects on the brain of COVID-19 infection — not effects of COVID-19 vaccines.
The Natural News article falsely reported on a study published in April by German researchers. The study, which has not been peer-reviewed, examined the coronavirus’s effect on human brains — not vaccines developed to fight the virus. The study found that the presence in the brain of the virus’ spike protein suggests that it "may contribute to long-term neurological symptoms."
One of the study’s co-authors, Dr. Ali Ertürk, told The Associated Press: "We have done zero experiments using vaccine, and we have shown and claim zero side effects of the vaccine."
We rate the claim that "a European study has found COVID vaccines could be causing ‘long-term brain damage’" False.
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Associated Press, "German study looked into COVID’s impact on the brain, not vaccine effects," May 16, 2023
The People’s Voice, "European study concludes COVID jabs cause ‘long-term brain damage,’" May 9, 2023
Health Feedback, "Reviews of articles from: Natural News," accessed May 16, 2023
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