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Did The US Discover A Vaccine That Can Cure COVID-19? Image Of A Test Kit Falsely Shared As An Image Of The Vaccine

A WhatsApp forward is doing the rounds claiming that the Covid-19 vaccine is ready and as announced by US President Donald Trump, it will be launched next Sunday. It also claims that the vaccine discovered by the US scientists can cure a Covid-19 infected patient within 3 hours. With the WhatsApp forward, the alleged image of the vaccine is also being shared.

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A WhatsApp forward is doing the rounds claiming that the Covid-19 vaccine is ready and as announced by US President Donald Trump, it will be launched next Sunday. It also claims that the vaccine discovered by the US scientists can cure a Covid-19 infected patient within 3 hours. With the WhatsApp forward, the alleged image of the vaccine is also being shared.

Here’s what the WhatsApp forward exactly reads, “Great news! Coronavirus vaccine ready. Able to cure patients within 3 hours after injection. Hats off to US Scientists. Right now Trump announced that Roche Medical Company will launch the vaccine next Sunday, and millions of doses are ready from it !!!”

Verification

As we began to fact-check this claim, we first observed the image carefully and we observed that the name of the manufacturer and the alleged vaccine is mentioned on the wrapper. Using the details mentioned on the wrapper, we searched Google for more information.

We found several media reports on the aforementioned viral image.

Many of these media reports suggested that the said viral image is of a kit developed by a South Korean firm that can detect Covid19 in 10 minutes. For instance, the report published by the Nigerian news outlet claimed that the test kit developed by a South Korean firm can diagnose coronavirus in 10 minutes.

S’Korean firm develops kit that can diagnose coronavirus in 10 minutes

A South Korean company has developed a rapid test kit to diagnose cases of coronavirus.PCL, the company which provides diagnostic products, named the tester COVID-19 Ag GICA Rapid.Kim So-yeon, the company’s chief executive officer, was quoted as saying that the kit was developed using antibodies from China.He said the test

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After reading the media reports, we decided to collect more information on the aforementioned test kit and in order to do so, we searched Google using the vaccine name and we found that the firm that has developed this alleged vaccine (as per claim) or test kit (as per media reports).

We found that the viral image is of the test kit developed by a Korean firm namely ‘Sugentech, Inc.’.

We then matched the description of the aforementioned test kit with that of the viral image that is being claimed to be a vaccine and we found that the two are the same.

The test kit namely ‘COVID-19 IgM/IgG’ is claimed to be a ‘kit for the qualitative test of COVID-19 antibody by immunochromatography’ by the manufacturer. 

The description of the product as claimed by the manufacturer reads, “SGTi-flex COVID-19 IgM/IgG is a gold nanoparticle-based immunochromatographic test kit for qualitative determination of COVID-19’s IgM and IgG antibodies in human whole blood (finger prick or venous), serum or plasma. The kits are accurate and easy to use and results can be observed with the naked eye within 10 minutes. The test detects the presence of antibodies, which are specific proteins made in response to infections. Antibodies can be found in the blood of those who are tested after infection. The antibodies detected by this test indicate that a person had an immune response to COVID-19, whether symptoms developed from infection or the infection was asymptomatic. Antibody test results are important in detecting infections with few or no symptoms. As there is no medicine or vaccine, the best way to combat this infection is isolation. A lot of people don’t have symptoms. Because of that, quick diagnostics are very important. SGTi-flex COVID-19 IgM/IgG enables to help for the community to identify infection and isolate people without symptoms but suspected COVID-19.”

It is evident from our findings above that the viral image doesn’t represent any vaccine but a test kit that claims to diagnose Covid19 in 10-15 minutes.

Now, we tried to verify the other information mentioned in the viral forward which claims that the US has discovered a vaccine that can cure Covid19 in 30 minutes and as per President Trump’s announcement the same will be launched next Sunday. First of all, we checked the World Health Organization’s official website and as we have mentioned in our previous fact-checks, the WHO clearly denies the existence of any such vaccine that can cure Covid19.

We also checked media reports on the claim that the US has discovered a vaccine that can cure Covid19 in 3 hours but we didn’t find any mention of any such vaccine.

As per the viral forward, US President Donald Trump has announced that the vaccine will be launched next Sunday, we checked President Trump’s Twitter handle, Facebook Page and Instagram profile but we didn’t find any such announcement by the US president.

Hence it is imperative from the findings presented above that the viral claim is ‘False’ and the image being forwarded is an image of a Covid19 test kit and not of any vaccine that can cure the virus.

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Result: False

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False Claim About People in China Not Taking Any Medicine Or Vaccine For Coronavirus Goes Viral

Contrary to the claim which says that people in China have stopped going to the hospital for cure, news report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency says otherwise.

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People in China are not killing coronavirus with heat or recovering in five days.

Claim 

A social media post claims that the Chinese aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for coronavirus. They’re instead killing the virus with heat and recovering in five days. 

We received the above image on our Whatsapp verification number. The claim which is an image of a social media post allegedly posted by Tahir Mahmood Chaudry starts with a disclaimer that the message is a translation from an Indian living in Wuhan. 

Using keywords we found multiple social media posts with the same claim being circulated since April, 2020. See of few examples below:

Fact Check

The claim in context was allegedly posted by Tahir Mahmood Chaudry, Executive director at Ovex Technologies. Chaudry’s social media profiles confirm his designation, but whether he posted this claim or not remains unknown. We’ve reached out to him for verification and will update the copy if we receive a response. 

Moving on to the first part of the claim which says, 

“Chinese are not taking any medicine or any vaccine for Corona virus. Every household has a Corona virus case. They have stopped going to hospital for cure. They instead kill the virus with heat.” 

We found no credible news report or information from any official source which supports the claim that every household in China has a COVID-19 case and that they aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for it. 

Contrary to the claim which says that people in China have stopped going to the hospital for cure,  a 30 June news report from China’s state-run Xinhua News Agency states, “By Monday, the Chinese mainland had reported a total of 1,918 imported cases. Of the cases, 1,830 had been discharged after recovery, and 88 remained hospitalized. No deaths from the imported cases had been reported.” 

The second part of the claim states, 

“Very Hot Steam Inhalation from kettle 4 times a day

Hot Gargles 4 times a day

Hot tea 4 times a day

Virus dies in 4 days.

5th Day you are Corona Negative.”

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says that our normal body temperature remains around 36.5 degree Celsius to 37 degree Celsius irrespective of temperature of the bath or shower. In fact baths from extremely hot water can burn us. 

The WHO also also clarified that while some traditional or home remedies may provide comfort and alleviate mild COVID-19 symptoms, there is no known vaccine or medicine to prevent or cure the disease so far. 

The Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy (AYUSH) in its immunity boosting guidelines recommends general measures such as drinking warm water, herbal tea, and steam inhalation among other things. But it also clearly states that this advisory is in no way a treatment for COVID-19.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MOHFW) in its COVID-19 guidelines also states that there is no vaccine or specific antiviral medicine to prevent or treat the novel coronavirus. 

You can read our other fact checks related to the novel coronavirus here.

Conclusion 

The social media post claiming that the Chinese aren’t taking any medicine or vaccine for coronavirus and other included details are false. 

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  • Google advanced search 
  • Twitter advanced search

Result: False 

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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No, He Is Not Bharat Biotech’s VP Taking The First Dose of COVID Vaccine ‘Covaxin’

Several social users posted a picture of a woman thrusting a syringe in man’s vein and claimed that the man in the picture is Bharat Biotech’s Vice President, Dr. VK Srinivas, and the first dose of the vaccine was administered on him.

According to a report in Live Mint, Bharat Biotech, an unlisted Indian vaccine maker, has received regulatory approval to start human clinical trials for its experimental shot. The phase 1 trial of Covaxine will begin next week. The company has planned to enroll 375 people in the first phase of clinical trials.

We found that the same image is viral on Twitter and Facebook with a caption, “Dr. V. K.Srinivas, Vice President, Bharat biotech, taking Corona vaccine clinical trial immediately after taking the first dose. He is the first person in India to take vaccine developed by him and his team in Bharat Biotech. Look at the confidence.”

Fact Check

As we began fact-checking the claim, we looked for some media reports backing the claim, but we did not find any authentic information to corroborate.

However, during our research, we came across the statement tweeted by Bharat Biotech. In a statement posted on their Twitter handle, Bharat Biotech said that individual images and messages circulated on social media platforms had not disseminated by Bharat biotech. The image is a routine procedural blood draw for testing all production staff.

We now searched, if Dr.VK Srinivas is the Vice President of the Bharat biotech. During our research, we did not find any results for his name. We found that Dr. V Krishna Mohan is the Executive Director, and T Srinivas is the Chief Financial Officer of the management team of the pharmaceutical.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that social media users circulated a false image claiming that the vice president of Bharat Biotech has undergone the first clinical trial of the coronavirus vaccine.

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  • Google Search
  • Media Reports
  • Twitter Search

Result: False


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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co-Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral

The media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during ongoing Corona virus pandemic is false.

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Aamir Khan’s Ghulam Co Star Javed Hyder is not selling vegetables to survive, Misleading Claim goes Viral- Newschecker.in

Several media outlets shared a TikTok video of Aamir Khan’s Ghulam co-star Javed Hyder selling vegetables and claimed that he is doing so to survive during ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Here are some screenshots of the media outlets who reported the same.





Big Boss fame, Dolly Bindra also shared Javed Hyder’s video and tweeted, ‘He is an actor, and today he is selling vegetables…Javed Hyder’. In the viral TikTok video, Javed Hyder is selling vegetables while dancing. He is lip-syncing the famous song ‘Duniya Mein Rehna Hai Toh Kaam Kar Pyaare.’ You can see the video here.

We found that the same claim is viral on Twitter, Facebook and WhatsApp.

The quint also published an article claiming the same. However; they updated their report later on with a disclaimer.

Fact Check

With the help of relevant keywords search on Google, we found several articles clearing the air on the viral claim. In his conversation with Mirror Online, Javed Hyder clarified that he is not a vegetable seller, and the video was just for TikTok.

No, I am not a vegetable vendor. I am an actor by profession even now. The entire selling vegetable video was just an act and I shot that TikTok video only to motivate my followers

Javed Hyder To Mirror Online.

Later, Hindustan times and News 18 India also published an article stating the same.

Conclusion

It is evident from our fact check that media reports claiming that Javed Hyder is selling vegetables to survive during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are false. Javed Hyder clarified that he is not selling vegetables for a living, whereas the viral video is just a musical one that he made to keep himself busy during the lockdown.

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  • Twitter Search

Result: False


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