Fact Checks

This woman is an ordinary volunteer in Russia’s coronavirus vaccine trial, state media reports
Shortly after President Vladimir Putin declared Russia the first country to approve a vaccine for the novel coronavirus, a photo began circulating in Facebook, Twitter and Instagram posts that claimed it showed Putin’s daughter receiving the jab. The claim is misleading; the woman in the image has been identified by Russian state media as Natalia, a volunteer in the vaccine trial; the images in the misleading post correspond to video of the vaccine trial that has circulated online since June; Natalia’s features do not correspond to publicly-available images of Putin’s two daughters.

This photo has circulated online since 2017 in reports about conjoined twins in Mexico
A photo of conjoined twins has been shared thousands of times in multiple Facebook posts in June 2020 alongside a claim they were born in Surigao, a city in the southern Philippines. The claim is false; the photo has circulated online since at least January 2017 in reports about conjoined twins born in the Mexican city of Juarez.

This photo shows Vladimir Putin meeting a young patient from an oncology centre in 2012
A photo has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook alongside a claim it shows Russian President Vladimir Putin sitting at a table with his daughter, who he announced in August 2020 had taken part in a novel coronavirus vaccine trial in Russia. The posts go on to claim that the COVID-19 vaccine developed in Russia will "save the world from corona". The claims are misleading; the photo in fact shows the Russian leader sitting next to a young patient from a Moscow medical centre during a visit to the Kremlin in 2012; on August 12, the World Health Organization (WHO) said it was looking forward to reviewing clinical trials of a potential coronavirus vaccine developed in Russia, which it listed as being in the first stage of development.

Misleading claim circulates online that Singapore has 'banned' sale of US produce due to coronavirus
A claim has been shared repeatedly on Line Messenger and Facebook that states Singapore has “banned” people from buying fruit and vegetables imported from the US over fears it could be contaminated with the novel coronavirus. The post goes on to allege the US has been transporting produce in trucks that also carry “dead bodies infected with COVID-19”. The claim is misleading; Singapore's government said it had “not issued any statement discouraging consumption of imports from the US"; health experts say there is insufficient evidence that COVID-19 can be transmitted to humans through food.