General vaccine trends in India -16

Nanditha KalidossinWeekly Update, COVID-19
May 04, 2021
  • Vaccine Tracker: India began the second phase of vaccination against the novel coronavirus on 1 March. According to the health ministry, as of 26 April 2021, a total of11.92 crore vaccine doses have been administered to beneficiaries in the country.

1. Common Misinformation: 

  • Video from Mexico shared as fake vaccination drive in India.
  • Aspidosperma-Q is not a substitute for Medical Oxygen.
  • This video does not show oxygen tankers being sent to India from Saudi Arabia or Pakistan.   
  • This video is not of villagers chasing away Covid vaccination squads.
  • This CT Scan report does not represent the lungs of a COVID-19 vaccinated person. 
  • WHO has not approved any breathing exercise to diagnose the COVID-19 virus.  
  • ‘Hospital staff killing patients?’: Except for one, the other two clips in this video are old &unrelated.
  • This video showing a long queue of dead bodies awaiting cremation is from Delhi, not Bhopal.
  • Old video from Wagah border falsely shared as Pakistan supplying Oxygen Cylinders to India.
  • An empty Nebuliser cannot be used as a substitute for oxygen cylinders.
  • Old Image of a dead Mother being carried on a bike is falsely linked to Oxygen shortage during the current COVID-19 crisis.
  • This post misleads people by blaming only States for the delay in installing the PSA Oxygen plants.  
  • Telangana CM KCR did not announce that the government will get people vaccinated at their homes.  
  • Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy did not announce spending Rs. 10 crores of personal money on oxygen.  
  • Amit Shah did not claim that Nehru was the reason for COVID-19.  
  • Old data is currently being shared where Telangana and Andhra Pradesh are the top 2 states in vaccine wastage.
  • Photos of old Covid centers in the United States are shared as those from Andhra Pradesh.
  • Although public health is a state subject, the COVID-19 crisis is was managed by the Central government from the beginning.
  • One cannot find out if they are infected with COVID-19 through a breathing test.  
  • The central government has not announced the imposition of a complete lockdown in the country from 03 May to 20 May.  
  • This WhatsApp message claiming lockdown in Uttar Pradesh extended is fake.
  • Health Ministry has not issued any press release that India has detected a new dangerous COVID-19 strain that can escape immunity.
  • These seven exercises do not guarantee protection against coronavirus.

2. Overperforming/common trends in the last week:

  • CrowdTangle Insights from the previous week- the post on Bill Gates says no to sharing vaccine formulae with the developing world has overperformed by 159.38 times.
  • The post on Pfizer donating $70 mn worth COVID-19 treatment drugs to India has overperformed by 33.69 times.

3. On-ground surveys on COVID-19

  • India tops global survey on COVID-19 vaccination intent; rising hesitancy in many countries.  
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