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WebQoof Recap: Misinformation Around 1 Billion COVID-19 Vaccine Doses & More

From misinformation around COVID-19 vaccine doses administered to Indians to Bangladesh violence.

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<div class="paragraphs"><p>From misinformation around 1 billion COVID-19 vaccine doses and Bangladesh violence</p></div>
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From Prime Minister Narendra Modi claiming that India has administered 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to its citizens for free to BJP leaders claiming India is the first country to administer one billion COVID-19 vaccine doses, here's what misled the public this week.

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1. PM Modi, Not All 100 Crore COVID-19 Jabs Were Given for Free

Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the nation on Friday, 22 October, saying that India had administered 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to its citizens for free.

"India has administered 100 crore doses to its citizens for free, without taking any money," he said.

<div class="paragraphs"><p>While addressing the nation, PM Modi said that all 100 crore doses were administered for free.</p></div>

While addressing the nation, PM Modi said that all 100 crore doses were administered for free.

(Source: YouTube/Altered by The Quint)

However, the statement by the PM is inaccurate as vaccines administered in private centres had to be paid, and were not free of cost.

As per the records and data given out by the government, it is correct that the government boosted free vaccination for all benefiting people, but it is misleading and inaccurate to claim that all the vaccinations which were given were free of cost.

You can read our detailed fact-check here.

2. No, India Isn't The 'First Country' To Administer 1 Bn COVID Vaccine Doses

Social media users, including leaders of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claimed that India is the first country in the world to achieve the milestone of administering 100 crore COVID-19 vaccine doses to its citizens.

<div class="paragraphs"><p><strong>You can view the archived version <a href="https://perma.cc/C23Q-8S6U">here</a>.</strong></p></div>

You can view the archived version here.

(Photo: Twitter/ Screenshot)

However, this is a misleading claim as China had administered 100 crore (one billion) doses of COVID vaccine on 19 June, and the country has administered over two billion doses till date, according to the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center data.

You can read our fact-check here.

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3. Media Outlets Air Visuals From Tripura as Attack on Hindu Temples in Bangladesh

Several news channels and websites showed the visual of fire engulfing what appeared to be a Durga Puja pandal with the claim that it is from Rangpur in Bangladesh.

The video was shared in a tweet by 'Bangladesh Hindu Unity Council' that said, "a Muslim mob set fire to a Hindu village in Pirganj upazila of Rangpur."

<div class="paragraphs"><p><strong>An archive of the post can be found here.</strong></p></div>

An archive of the post can be found here.

(Photo: Twitter/Screenshot)

We found that the incident took place in Dhalai, Tripura where a Durga Puja pandal and four adjoining shops caught fire on the intervening night of 12 and 13 October in Maracherra market.

We also found that Bangladesh Hindu Buddhist Christian Unity Council (BHBCUC), whose Twitter post was used by several media houses to report on the incident, has said that the Twitter account is a fake one. The account no longer exists on Twitter.

You can read our detailed fact-check here.

4. Video From Bangladesh Shared as Durga Pandal Vandalised in West Bengal

A video taken from inside a residential building where a woman can be heard sobbing and screaming as a mob evidently barges into the compound and vandalises a pandal on the ground, is being shared on social media with a communal claim that Muslims have destroyed a Durga puja pandal in West Bengal.

<div class="paragraphs"><p><strong>An archive of the post can be seen <a href="https://perma.cc/5D9P-G8LC">here</a>.</strong></p></div>

An archive of the post can be seen here.

(Photo: The Quint)

However, we found that the video is from Noakhali district in Bangladesh and shows a mob vandalising a Durga puja pandal, following violence in several parts of the country over allegations of desecration of the holy Quran at a Durga puja venue in Comilla district.

You can read our fact-check here.

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5. Video of Brawl in Bhopal Gym Falsely Shared as 'Love Jihad' Case

A video of a brawl inside a gym in Bhopal is being shared on social media with a claim that a Muslim woman had assaulted a Hindu woman for having an affair with her husband. The claim warns of 'Love Jihad' to Hindu families.

<div class="paragraphs"><p><strong>An archived version can be viewed <a href="https://perma.cc/Q7FF-5B2B">here</a>.</strong></p></div>

An archived version can be viewed here.

(Source: Facebook/ Screenshot)

However, we found that everyone involved in the fight belonged to the Muslim community.

You can read our fact-check here.

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