FACT CHECK: Viral Image Claims A Coronavirus Vaccine Is Ready


An image shared on Facebook more than 500 times claims U.S. researchers have developed a COVID-19 vaccine that can cure patients within three hours.

“Time to celebrate the goodness of God & the scientists!” reads the post.

Verdict: False

No vaccine or specific antiviral drug is currently available to prevent or treat the new coronavirus.

Fact Check:

The spread of the new coronavirus has coincided with a proliferation of social media posts touting bogus COVID-19 cures and treatments, such as smoking marijuana and ingesting colloidal silver. On March 24, a post claimed U.S. researchers have developed a vaccine against COVID-19, the respiratory disease caused by the new coronavirus.

“Great News! Carona (sic) virus vaccine ready. Able to cure patients within 3 hours after injection,” reads the post. “Right now Trump announced that the Roche Medical Company will launch the vaccine next Sunday and millions of doses are ready from it!!!”

It also appears to imply that an accompanying photo of medical sachets shows the alleged vaccine.

Had U.S. researchers developed a vaccine, it would have been picked up by major media outlets, yet none have reported on it. President Donald Trump also has not mentioned

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