Man in this viral picture is NOT the Vice President of Bharat Biotech taking first injection of COVID-19 vaccine

Soon after the news about the COVID-19 vaccine by Bharat Biotech came out, a picture started doing the rounds on social media in which a man in the mask can be seen taking an injection shot from medical staff. It has been claimed that the man in the picture is Dr VK Srinivas, Vice President of Bharat Biotech and he is taking the first injection of COVID-19 (vaccine).

The caption of the picture read: “Dr Vk Srinivas Vice President of Bharath bio tech He taking first injection of COVID 19 They have confidence of their product #COVID19 #COVID19Vic”

The message is being widely shared on various social media platforms including WhatsApp.

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FACT CHECK

NewsMobile fact-checked the above picture and found that the claim attached to the picture is false.

The company on Friday, July 3, 2020, took to their official Twitter handle to clarify that the picture in question has no connection with Bharat Biotech or the COVID-19 vaccine they are working on.

“Certain image and messages being circulated on WhatsApp and other social media platforms have NOT been disseminated by Bharat Biotech,” the statement read.

“The image being circulated is routine procedural blood drawn for testing all production staff,” the statement added.

In conclusion, it is safe to say that the claim attached to the picture is false.

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