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The Infodemic: Russian COVID-19 Vaccine Claim Doesn't Pass 'Smell Test,' Critics Say

FILE - A medic at a regional hospital receives Russia's "Sputnik-V" vaccine shot against the COVID-19 disease in Tver, Russia, Oct. 12, 2020.

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"Russia’s claim of a successful COVID-19 vaccine doesn’t pass the ‘smell test,’ critics say," Science, November 11.

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Fardeen Khan, 19, a student, shows a picture on his phone of his mother Noor Jahan, a housewife, who died due to the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), for a photograph, in New Delhi, India, September 27, 2020.

Circulating on social media: WhatsApp message which claims that a vaccine against coronavirus has been launched in India and provides a link to download a “Vaccine App” to register for vaccination.

Verdict: False

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