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The Infodemic: US State Offers Guns as Prizes in Vaccination Lottery Program

FILE - A nurse administers a coronavirus shot to west Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, Dec. 14, 2020, in Charleston, W.Va.

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Claim: The West Virginia government is giving away a number of free guns through a series of lucky draws in a lottery for people who have received at least one COVID-19 vaccine shot.

Verdict: True

Read the full story at: Snopes

Social Media Disinfo


Circulating on social media: Claim that vaccination efforts against COVID-19 have caused new COVID-19 variants.

Verdict: False

Read the full story at: Reuters

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