Fact check: Message claiming coronavirus vaccine launched in India is fake

New Delhi (NVI): A viral WhatsApp message claims that a coronavirus vaccine has been launched in India and people have to register for it by downloading a ‘Vaccine App.’

Refuting such claims on social media, the fact check wing of the Government’s Press Information Bureau said that the claim is fake and no such vaccine has been launched in the country yet.

Debunking the fake news, PIB, in a tweet wrote, “A #WhatsApp forward is claiming that a ‘Corona Vaccine’ has been launched in India and people have to register for it by downloading a ‘Vaccine App.’

#PIBFactCheck: This Claim is #Fake. No #COVID19 vaccine has been launched in the country yet.”

The viral message read, “Corona Vaccine launched in India. Register your number now and apply for vaccine today. Download vaccine app and apply now.”

The Press Information Bureau launched this fact-checking arm in December 2019, to curb misinformation and fake news prevalent on the internet. It claimed that its objective was “to identify misinformation related to government’s policies and schemes that are circulating on various social media platforms”.

-CHK