In this file picture taken on November 23, 2020 is pictured a bottle studying “Vaccine Covid-19” subsequent to US pharmaceutical firm Pfizer and German biotechnology firm BioNTech logos on November 23, 2020.
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AFP’s fact-check service debunks misinformation unfold on-line. Here are a few of our current fact-checks:
1. COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t trigger feminine sterilization
A screenshot of an article has been shared 1000’s of occasions on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter, which claims that the top of Pfizer Research has discovered that the corporate’s Covid-19 vaccine results in feminine sterilization. This declare is fake: medical specialists have acknowledged that there was no proof of sterilization throughout the scientific trials. In addition, the researcher cited within the article left the American pharmaceutical firm in 2011.
2. Pakistan troopers defending border
A photograph of three troopers in a frozen river has been shared a whole lot of occasions in Facebook posts that declare it exhibits Pakistani troopers defending their border on the Siachen glacier close to India. The declare is fake. The picture is definitely an 2015 Associated Press picture that exhibits South Korean troopers at a winter coaching train.
3. Maradona’s funeral
A video has been considered a whole lot of occasions in a number of Facebook and Instagram posts which declare it exhibits the funeral of soccer legend Diego Maradona, who died in November 2020. The declare is fake: the video truly exhibits a presidential marketing campaign rally in Argentine capital Buenos Aires for Marucio Macri, who ran for reelection in 2019.
4. Antiseptic card hoax
Hundreds of posts shared on Facebook declare that “antiseptic cards” will help stop Covid-19 infections if hung across the neck. Medical specialists have acknowledged that there isn’t a scientific proof to substantiate claims that these playing cards defend the wearers from Covid-19 and have suggested towards carrying them. These playing cards include chlorine oxide and might trigger extreme respiratory difficulties to the wearers.
5. Canadian e-visas for Nigerians
Multiple posts shared a whole lot of occasions on Facebook declare that Canadian prime minister Justin Turdeau signed an government order granting Nigerian professionals prolonged e-visas for a restricted period of time. This declare is fake. The Nigerian High Commission has refuted these claims on their social media pages. The photographs shared alongside the deceptive posts look like from a signing ceremony.