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"New To The Street" business TV show will feature AzurRX BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZRX) The televised interviews of with Mr. James Sapirstein, Chairman & CEO of AzurRx BioPharma, Inc., along with the “New To The Street’s” host Jane King, are to be broadcasted on syndicated Newsmax Television, Sunday mornings 10-11AM ET. Also, the TV interview is being broadcasted on FOX Business Network on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:30 PM PT. https://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/New-to-the-Street https://www.newtothestreet.com/ and http://www.foxbusiness.com NEW YORK, May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- FMW Media Corp. announces that its “New To The Street” business TV show will feature AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZRX) in a 3-part TV series featured across its entire syndicated linear television platform. The televised interviews of with Mr. James Sapirstein, Chairman & CEO of AzurRx BioPharma, Inc., along with the “New To The Street’s” host Jane King, are to be broadcasted on syndicated Newsmax Television, Sunday mornings 10-11AM ET. Also, the TV interview is being broadcasted on FOX Business Network on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 10:30 PM PT. Future filmed tapes and broadcasting on KRON-TV, RNN, Bloomberg TV and other stations “To Be Announced.” Mr. James Sapirstein, Chairman & CEO of AzurRx BioPharma (NASDAQ: AZRX) talks to the “New To The Street’s” TV audience about AZRX’s biopharmaceutical products and therapies. He gives a comprehensive overview in the development of targeted, non-systemic therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. And, provides insight on its FDA Phase 2 clinical trials on its lead therapeutic candidate MS1819, a recombinant lipase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis. James Sapirstein, CEO, AZRX states, “I am excited to be a guest on the ‘New To The Street’ TV program. The show has had a tremendous track record; I am happy to join the ranks. I look forward to educating viewers about AzurRx BioPharma - about our business, our biopharmaceutical products and therapies, and our future to grow the Company.” Vincent Caruso, CEO FMW Media Corp. and the Creator / Producer of “New To The Street” TV states, “I am excited to have AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. on the show for a 3-part series. AZRX’s biopharmaceutical products and therapies make them a great guest Company explaining their business to our syndicated TV audiences.” About AzurRx BioPharma (NASDAQ: AZRX): AzurRx BioPharma, Inc. (NASDAQ: AZRX) is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company specializing in the development of targeted, non-systemic therapies for gastrointestinal (GI) diseases. The Company has a pipeline of three gut-restricted GI clinical programs. The lead therapeutic candidate is MS1819, a recombinant lipase for the treatment of exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) in patients with cystic fibrosis and chronic pancreatitis, currently in two Phase 2 clinical trials. AzurRx is launching two clinical programs using proprietary formulations of niclosamide, a pro-inflammatory pathway inhibitor; FW-420, for grade 1 Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor-associated colitis and diarrhea in oncology patients and FW-1022, for COVID-19 gastrointestinal infections – https://azurrx.com. About FMW Media: FMW Media operates one of the longest-running U.S and international sponsored and syndicated Nielsen Rated programming T.V. brands "New to the Street," and its blockchain show "Exploring The Block." Since 2009, these brands run biographical interview segment shows across major U.S. television networks. The TV platforms reach over 540 million homes both in the US and international markets. FMW recently added Newsmax to its broadcasting platform with its first show broadcasted Sunday, December 27th. The NEWSMAX New To The Street show is syndicated on Sundays at 10 AM EST. FMW is also one of the nation's largest buyers of linear television long and short form - https://www.newsmaxtv.com/Shows/New-to-the-Street and https://www.newtothestreet.com/ Forward-Looking Statements Disclaimer: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933, as amended, and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. In some cases, you can identify forward-looking statements by the following words: "anticipate," "believe," "continue," "could," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "may," "ongoing," "plan," "potential," "predict," "project," "should," "will," "would," or the negative of these terms or other comparable terminology, although not all forward-looking statements contain these words. Forward-looking statements are not a guarantee of future performance or results, and will not necessarily be accurate indications of the times at, or by, which such performance or results achieved. This press release should be considered in light of all filings of the Company contained in the Edgar Archives of the Securities and Exchange Commission at www.sec.gov. FMW Media Contact: Bryan Johnson +1 (631) 766-7462 Bryan@NewToTheStreet.com A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6101c2d5-4b3e-4579-81a6-180539dfbce1
MEMPHIS, Tenn. (AP) — River traffic has reopened on the Mississippi River near Memphis, Tennessee, three days after it was closed when a crack was discovered in the Interstate 40 bridge that connects Tennessee and Arkansas, the U.S. Coast Guard said Friday. The Arkansas Department of Transportation, meanwhile, said a video taken by an inspector two years ago found “significant rust and the beginning of a crack" in the same area as the fracture that prompted the bridge's shutdown this week. More than 45 tug boats hauling about 700 barges had been idled along the river south and north of the bridge, waiting for clearance. Now they can cross under the Hernando De Soto Bridge, the Coast Guard said Economic development officials had been concerned that an extended closure of river traffic could hurt the region's economy and have ripple effects on the nation’s supply chain. The bridge itself will remain closed to vehicles indefinitely, with road traffic rerouted to Interstate 55 and the 71-year-old Memphis & Arkansas Bridge, about 3 miles (5 kilometers) south. River traffic under the six-lane bridge was shut down Tuesday after inspectors found a “significant fracture” in one of two 900-foot (274-meter) horizontal steel beams that are crucial for the bridge’s integrity, said Lorie Tudor, director of the Arkansas Department of Transportation. Engineers wanted to ensure the bridge could stand on its own before reopening river traffic. “Based on information provided to us by the Tennessee Department of Transportation, the Coast Guard has determined that transit under the I-40 bridge is safe for maritime traffic,” Coast Guard Capt. Ryan Rhodes, captain of the Port of Memphis, said in a statement. The Arkansas Department of Transportation on Friday said an image captured by an inspector's drone video in May 2019 showed evidence of damage on the lower side of the bridge, the same area as the crack that was discovered this week. DOT spokesman Dave Parker said the damage was found by a consulting firm that was inspecting the bridge's cables that year. “ARDOT is now investigating to see if that damage was noted in a September 2019 inspection report and, if so, what actions were taken," the agency said in a statement. The bridge remained closed as negotiations intensified between the White House and a group of Republican senators over a potential infrastructure package. Democrats have said the shutdown highlights the urgent need for more infrastructure funding. Republicans have called for a infrastructure plan with a smaller price tag than President Joe Biden's and with a narrower definition of public works. The Arkansas Trucking Association on Friday estimated the closure would cost the trucking industry at least $2.4 million a day because of the longer routes to cross the river. The group used data provided by the American Transportation Research Institute. Arkansas Trucking Association President Shannon Newton said the trip on the I-40 bridge between the two states averaged eight minutes. Since the I-40 bridge closure, trips on the I-55 bridge being used as the closest alternate route have averaged 84 minutes. “Even if you’re looking at 6-8 weeks, that's an incredible expenditure that the industry can’t simply absorb," Newton said. Tennessee's transportation department said there's no indication the bridge is continuing to deteriorate and said designers were working on an interim repair plan that would rely on steel rods that would be attached to the bridge and span over the fractured section. Designers were also looking at the possibility of installing a steel plate to beef up the fractured section. The interim plan would allow time for a new bridge component to be fabricated to replace the damaged section, the agency said. In an inspection for the 2020 National Bridge Inventory report, the Federal Highway Administration said the I-40 bridge checked out in fair condition overall, with all primary structure elements sound and only some minor cracks and chips in the overall structure. Its structural evaluation checked out “somewhat better than minimum adequacy to tolerate being left in place as is.” However, height and width clearances for oversize vehicles were “basically intolerable requiring high priority of corrective action,” the inspectors found. Tennessee recommended “bridge deck replacement with only incidental widening.” Arkansas transportation officials said the crack did not appear in the last inspection of the bridge, which occurred in September 2020. The bridge opened in 1973 and carries an average of about 50,000 vehicles a day, with about a quarter being trucks, Tennessee transportation officials said. Tug boats pushing barges could be seen passing under the bridge shortly after the Coast Guard's announcement Friday. Some onlookers came to a riverside park to get a glimpse of the vessels. ___ DeMillo reported from Little Rock, Arkansas. Adrian Sainz And Andrew Demillo, The Associated Press
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Elon Musk's decision to stop accepting bitcoin as payment over environmental concerns has been well-received by some of Tesla Inc's investors, offering a warning to corporate peers mulling a dabble with the cryptocurrency. The Tesla boss' tweets, which had helped drive some of the gains in bitcoin in recent months, this week triggered a 17% slide in the value of the cryptocurrency when he said his company's customers would no longer be able to use bitcoin to buy its cars. Driving the decision, Musk said, was concern over the amount of energy it takes to "mine" bitcoin, with much of it done in China using cheap, climate-destroying thermal coal.
BOCA RATON, Fla., May 14, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- via InvestorWire -- Noble Capital Markets (“Noble”), a research-driven investment bank, today announces its platinum-level sponsorship of, and collaboration with, the 16th World Stem Cell Summit, to be held virtually June 14-18, 2021. Noble will also provide significant content through its small and microcap investor portal, Channelchek.com. Produced by the nonprofit Regenerative Medicine Foundation (RMF), the 2021 Summit is the most inclusive and expansive interdisciplinary networking and partnering meeting in the stem cell translation and regenerative medicine field. With the overarching purpose of fostering biomedical research, funding and investments targeting cures, the Summit is the single conference serving the diverse ecosystem of regenerative medicine stakeholders. Combined with the WFIRM & RMF Regenerative Medicine Essentials Course, the Summit provides distinctive educational and futuristic experiences through which all participants collect opportunities, become inspired and flourish. “This segment of life sciences represents an exciting opportunity for investors and, more importantly, breakthroughs in terms of disease control and the overall quality and longevity of life,” said Nico Pronk, Noble’s president and CEO. “It is our passion at Noble, and we’re extremely excited to serve as the principal partner of the Investor Forum track at the Summit.” Bernard Siegel, executive director of RMF and founder of the World Stem Cell Summit, said, “There is huge investor interest in the regenerative medicine and longevity space. I’ve attended Noble’s superbly organized, large-scale NobleCon investor conference. Their meetings deliver the critical content and context investors need. We are delighted to have Noble and Channelchek as our partners, providing expertise and unsurpassed connectivity.” For more than 35 years, Noble has supported small and microcap companies – many in the life sciences space – through investment banking activities and institutional-quality equity research. In 2018, the company launched Channelchek.com, a website that offers the free distribution of news, advanced market data, extensive video content and equity research to every level of investor, ranging from novice through to institutional. There are more than 6,000 companies listed on the site that fit the small/microcap definition. For the Summit, Noble will produce a track of interviews (“ChannelCasts”) with executives from participating life sciences companies. As many as 12 are expected, with three – Celularity, Longeveron and Avalon GloboCare – among the first to register. Each of these C-Suite interviews will consist of a detailed explanation of the company business and financial plan, followed by an investor-oriented Q&A session moderated by a FINRA-licensed senior research analyst from Noble. Channelchek will be the platform used to build awareness of the Summit and the participating companies to its user base of 50,000+, as well as for the rebroadcast of the C-Suite Series Interviews (the recordings will also be available on the Channelchek YouTube Channel.) As with all other content on Channelchek, there will be no cost to access these ChannelCasts. For more information and to register for the Investor Forum and other events at the World Stem Cell Summit, please visit: https://ibn.fm/WorldStemCellSummit2021. Participating company inquiries should be directed to Joseph Hain: email@example.com. About Noble Capital Markets, Inc./Channelchek.com Noble Capital Markets (“Noble”) (www.noblecapitalmarkets.com) is a research-driven boutique investment bank that has supported small and microcap companies since 1984. As a FINRA- and SEC-licensed and registered broker-dealer, Noble provides institutional-quality equity research, merchant and investment banking, wealth management and order execution services. In 2005, Noble established NobleCon, an investor conference that has grown substantially over the last decade and a half. In 2018, Noble launched www.channelchek.com, an investment community dedicated exclusively to small and microcap companies and their industries. Channelchek is tailored to meet the needs of self-directed investors and financial professionals and is the first service to offer institutional-quality research to the public for FREE at every level without a subscription. More than 6,000 emerging growth companies are listed on the site, with growing content including webcasts, industry sector reports, advanced market data and balanced news. Contact Info: Mark Pinvidicmpinvidic@noblecapitalmarkets.com / www.noblecapitalmarkets.comwww.channelchek.comwww.worldstemcellsummit.com Wire Service Contact InvestorWire (IW) Los Angeles, California www.InvestorWire.com 212.418.1217 Office Editor@InvestorWire.com
FREDERICTON — Health officials in New Brunswick are reporting five new cases of COVID-19 today, all among people under the age of 40. Four of the cases are in the Fredericton area and one is in the Saint John region. There are now 116 active cases in the province, with six patients hospitalized in New Brunswick, including two in intensive care. Another four New Brunswickers are hospitalized with COVID-19 out of province. More than 300,000 people in the province have now received at least one dose of vaccine, representing more than 44 per cent of the province’s population over the age of 12. Since the onset of the pandemic, there have been 2,045 cases of COVID-19 in New Brunswick and 41 related deaths. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. The Canadian Press
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — Grammy-award winning singer and songwriter John Legend will headline a nationally televised ceremony in remembrance of the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, an event official said Friday. “When we sat back and asked ourselves who could really elevate this, who could take it to the next level, John Legend was obviously a great fit,” 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre Centennial Commission director Phil Armstrong told the Tulsa World. Legend will headline the Remember & Rise event on May 31 at ONEOK Field. The commission was created to educate people about the attack by a white mob that killed an estimated 300 people, most of the Black. Legend is scheduled to speak and perform during the event that Armstrong said will include other, yet to be announced speakers and performers. Legend is a 12-time Grammy winner and has also won Emmy, Oscar and Tony awards. Attendance at the ceremony will be limited to 6,000 and COVID precautions that include a masking requirement and and a temperature screening will be in place. The Associated Press
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"The ministers will receive updates about work already underway to advance cooperation ... and will hold robust discussions about USMCA's landmark labor and environmental obligations," the office of U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai said in a statement. The United States, testing provisions in the new deal that aim to strengthen Mexican unions, this week asked Mexico to probe alleged abuses at a General Motors factory.
The Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world: ___ The Pittsburgh Pirates said on Friday that they will no longer require fans who have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 to wear a facemask while at PNC Park. Fans who are not yet fully vaccinated must continue to wear a facemask while at PNC Park as required by the Pennsylvania Department of Health. Next week, the Pirates said they plan to announce details regarding capacity increases for the remainder of the season and further adjustments to the health and safety protocols at PNC Park. “We are excited to be able to quickly adjust our facemask policy, consistent with the Department of Health’s announcement. This is another huge step in our return to normalcy here in Pittsburgh,” Pirates president Travis Williams said. “We appreciate the patience and cooperation of our fans as we continue to adjust our health and safety protocols accordingly. We join our partners at Allegheny Health Network and Highmark Health in encouraging everyone to get vaccinated as soon as possible so that we can reach the 70 percent threshold in Pennsylvania and remove the mask mandate entirely.” ___ The Cincinnati Reds will have full capacity at Great American Ball Park beginning June 2. That follows Governor Mike DeWine’s announcement ending Ohio’s coronavirus health orders. “The Reds are grateful to Governor DeWine and all the state and local officials who collaborated to usher Ohio through this dangerous and difficult time,” said Phil Castellini, Reds president and chief operating officer. “Our goal has always been to host as many fans as possible in a safe manner and we are excited to once again have every seat available for more fans to cheer on our Reds.” Masks will be recommended, but no longer mandated at Great American Ball Park beginning June 2. ___ Five more teams have been able to relax coronavirus protocols after 85% of their players and other on-field personnel completed vaccination, raising the total to 12 of the 30 clubs. Major League Baseball and its players’ union said Friday that four additional teams had reached the 85% level of having received final doses and would be able to relax protocols within two weeks once they are fully vaccinated. The teams were not identified. Relaxed protocols include dropping the requirements for facemasks in dugouts and bullpens, and loosening restrictions on mobility during road trips. MLB said 83.9% of all tier 1 individuals such as players, managers, coaches, trainers and support personnel had been partially or fully vaccinated. There were 10 new positive results among 10,639 monitoring tests in the past week — three players and seven staff, a 0.09% positive rate. The New York Yankees said they had eight positive tests: shortstop Gleyber Torres, pitching coach Matt Blake, third base coach Phil Nevin, first base coach Reggie Willits and four traveling staff. Thus far this season, there have been 54 positive tests — 30 players and 24 staff — among 156,276 samples tested, a 0.03% positive rate. The positive tests are among 22 teams. ___ Justin Haley will miss this weekend’s NASCAR races at Dover because of COVID-19 protocols. Josh Berry will make his Cup Series debut for Spire Motorsports driving for Haley in Sunday’s Cup race at Dover International Speedway. Berry has one win this season in the second-tier Xfinity Series. Zane Smith will drive the No. 11 Chevrolet at Dover in Saturday’s Xfinity Series race. Haley has six top-10 finishes in nine races this season. Smith will race in NASCAR’s second-tier series for the first time this season. Smith, a regular in the Truck Series, last made an Xfinity start in 2019. ___ The IndyCar race in Toronto has been canceled for the second consecutive year because of the pandemic. The event was scheduled for July 9-11 but can’t take place because of restrictions in Canada. The race has been on the IndyCar schedule since 1986, and Penske Entertainment Corp. President and CEO Mark Miles called its cancellation “heartbreaking.” Miles has previously said IndyCar would likely schedule a second race at another venue already on the IndyCar calendar if Toronto were canceled. The current mid-summer portion of the schedule is set to resume Aug. 8 for the inaugural Music City Grand Prix on the streets of Nashville. That is the first of three races on consecutive weekends for IndyCar. ___ More AP sports: https://apnews.com/hub/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The Associated Press
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EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he kept his distance in a debate over the fate of two outspoken backbenchers but believes his United Conservative caucus made the right decision to expel them. “I did not reveal which way I was voting. I didn’t want to, you know, put my finger on the scale, but I did express my disappointment with some of the conduct,” Kenney said in an interview with CHED radio Friday. “Ultimately what this says is we have to be a team. Let’s be professional. We can’t allow personal agendas to distract the team, or for that matter the government, from the business of governing, particularly in a time of (COVID-19) crisis like this.” On Thursday, after a seven-hour virtual meeting, the caucus voted to turf members Todd Loewen and Drew Barnes. The vote came after weeks of caucus discontent over Kenney’s policies and decisions on the best way to arrest spread of the COVID-19 virus. “There are a lot of internal issues, things that have happened between members, that ultimately caused, I think, a majority of our caucus to feel like they were being undermined and unable to work as a team,” said Kenney. “I regret that — that it had to come to this — but I respect the decision our caucus has made and we’re going to move on, focused on the priorities of the public.” The vote was made by sending text messages to Calgary legislature member Nick Milliken, acting caucus chairman. Loewen and Barnes said that worked against them, because members had to text their ballot to Milliken and risk Kenney finding out how they voted. No tally was released. Kenney said he knows it was a majority, but only Milliken knows how everyone voted. Kenney has been wallowing in low poll numbers for months and party fundraising has fallen off sharply. But on Friday, he said: “I believe I have the confidence of the party I lead and the caucus that I serve with.” Loewen and Barnes have said they will remain in the house as Independents to express the views of their constituents. Both say the United Conservative Party under Kenney is no longer a grassroots-driven movement but a top-down, one-man show that sidelines and ignores backbench members and the concerns of the people they represent. Thursday’s vote capped a day of internal party strife that began in the pre-dawn hours when Loewen posted on Facebook a public letter announcing he was quitting as caucus chairman and calling on Kenney to quit for the good of the party. Loewen wrote that Kenney has botched key issues such as health care and the environment, has been weak-kneed with the federal government, and pursues confusing, contradictory and needlessly confrontational messaging. Loewen, who represents the northern rural riding of Central Peace-Notley, said volunteers are leaving the party in droves and, without a new leader and a sharp change in direction, the UCP is headed for defeat in the 2023 election. Barnes represents Cypress-Medicine Hat in southern Alberta. He has been the highly visible, highly critical and vocal point person for 18 backbench legislature members who have spoken out against Kenney's public health restrictions. The 18, most representing rural constituencies, have questioned the need for a one-size-fits-all approach, especially in areas with low case counts. They have said the measures may be more harmful than helpful at the cost of personal freedoms. Kenney, in turn, has been accused by critics of bending too far backwards to cater to the concerns of rural areas — the core of his party’s support — at the expense of public health. His government in the last two waves of the pandemic allowed COVID-19 cases to soar to levels that threatened to swamp hospitals before imposing stricter measures on businesses, capacity limits and on social gatherings. Opposition NDP Leader Rachel Notley has said Albertans deserve a government focused on the pandemic and other critical issues and should not be held hostage to the twists and turns of UCP palace intrigue. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 14, 2021. Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press
Yahoo Finance’s Brooke DiPalma breaks down how fast food giants, companies and states are offering incentives to support COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
The following is a roundup of some of the latest scientific studies on the novel coronavirus and efforts to find treatments and vaccines for COVID-19, the illness caused by the virus. Delaying the second dose of the Pfizer/BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine beyond the originally recommended three-week gap used by the companies in clinical trials appears to induce a stronger antibody response in the elderly, UK researchers found. Shortly after the vaccine became available, UK health officials advised that the second dose should be given 12 weeks after the first to allow more people to get protected by a first dose early on.
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Dr. Michelle Rockwell lost a pregnancy in December and shared her heartache with her 30,000 Instagram followers. Weeks later, she received the COVID-19 vaccine and posted about that, too. By February, Rockwell was getting past the grief and finally starting to experience moments of joy. But then, to her horror, social media users began using her posts to spread the false claim that she miscarried as a result of the shot. “They said horrible things to me, like how could I possibly get the vaccine, that I was a baby killer, and that I would be infertile forever and would never have babies again,” said Rockwell, a 39-year-old family medicine doctor from Tulsa, Oklahoma. Even though she knows that research shows the vaccine is safe for pregnant women, she said the posts brought her trauma to the surface and hurt her “to the core.” From a movie prop master in Texas to a professor in New York, people across the country have found themselves swept into the misinformation maelstrom, their online posts or their very identities hijacked by anti-vaccine activists and others peddling lies about the outbreak. Sharing other people’s posts or photos out of context is a common tactic in the disinformation playbook because it's an “easy, cheap way to gain credibility,” said Lisa Fazio, a Vanderbilt University psychology professor who studies how false claims spread. But during the COVID-19 pandemic, experts warn, false or misleading posts can mean the difference between someone taking precautions or not. “When you’re in a situation where the world is confusing, you’re trying to latch on to what’s true. A common suggestion is to listen to the experts,” Fazio said. “If you have people pretending to be those experts or grabbing that credibility, then that can cause a lot of havoc.” Scott Reeder, a movie and TV prop master in Austin, Texas, who frequently shares jokes and film industry secrets with his 1 million TikTok followers, posted a short video in September demonstrating how retractable stunt knives, syringes and icepicks are used on a movie set. In December, he learned that a clip of the footage was being misused on Facebook and Twitter. Someone had isolated the part of the video where he pushes the spring-loaded syringe into his arm, and falsely claimed that politicians overseas are using the devices to fake their COVID-19 vaccinations. Reeder was able to tamp down the falsehoods with help from TikTok followers who vouched for him and by releasing a second video outlining the misinformation. But it upsets him that his posts were used to promote a conspiracy theory he knows is false. “I’m just trying to make people laugh with my dad jokes and my prop information,” Reeder said. “But people just try to suck you in or utilize your content to push their agenda.” Robert Oswald, a professor of molecular medicine at Cornell University, hadn't even put anything on social media when he learned his name was being used in viral posts claiming the coronavirus was “imaginary and fictitious.” A bogus statement claimed Oswald had done research that found COVID-19 was “just another flu strain." Some of the posts included his professional photo and office address. “It said I had some sort of lab in California. It said I was a virologist. None of that’s true,” Oswald said. “I was pretty horrified by it all, obviously.” Oswald, who doesn’t study viruses in his work, disavowed the posts on his professional webpage and responded to each message he received with the truth, though some refused to believe it. Powerful or dramatic claims can be especially difficult to stamp out. “A Cornell professor warning about COVID, that’s boring. The same professor saying COVID is a hoax, well, that’s interesting and guarantees traffic,” said Dr. Elias Aboujaoude, a psychiatrist and Stanford University professor who studies the intersection of psychology and technology. Dr. Nicole Baldwin, a Cincinnati pediatrician who posted a video in support of vaccines in January 2020, said she was subjected to harassing messages, calls to her office, one-star reviews of her work, and memes that used her picture and falsely claimed she was under investigation for “drugging” autistic children. She now offers support over the phone and via email to people who have found themselves in her position — including Rockwell. “I look back at that time in January now, actually, with gratitude, because it got me to the point where I am right now,” Baldwin said. “But in that period that I was there in January, I certainly wasn’t saying, ‘Yay, this is amazing.’ So I’m trying to help other people.” Ali Swenson And Beatrice Dupuy, The Associated Press