A viral screenshot claiming Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered to destroy all Covid-19 vaccines in Russia is doing the rounds on social media. The post is shared widely by people criticising the vaccination programmes for the pandemic and hailing this step by Putin.
A Facebook user posted the viral post with a caption: See I told everybody my man Vladimir Putin is a good man and would never hurt women and children. And he refuses to go along with the sick evil Healthcare agenda. I Love love love Vladimir Putin is all I got to say.
You can check the post here.
The news headline states: Putin orders destruction of all Covid-19 vaccines in Russia.
NewsMobile fact-checked the viral post, and found it to be false.
If any such action had been taken by the Russian president, it would have made headlines immediately. Also, we did not find any credible source backing this claim. Moreover, we found the same article published on a website named Real Raw News. The article informs that Putin took this step after a surge in HIV infections in vaccinated people.
The ‘About Us’ section informs the viewers that all the content on the website is for humour, parody, and satire. This indicates that the viral claims are just for humour purposes and have nothing to do with reality.
According to another news report from Ria Novosti — a Russian media house, dated March 4, 2023, a press release from the Ministry of Health of Russia informs about sending shipments of Sputnik V to Moscow and other regions where there is a shortage of vaccines.
The ministry specifically talks about the advantages of vaccination and then revaccination to stay protected from the pandemic. We found a similar news article in another Russian state media named Tass.
Therefore, we can conclusively say that the viral screenshot of a news article claiming Vladimir Putin ordered the destruction of Covid-19 vaccines in Russia is false.
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