On Sunday, January 31, 2021, fact-checkers at the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) received a 51 seconds audio message composed in Hausa. The message circulated on various WhatsApp groups claimed that there is panic in Lagos State and that people are running away from health personnel who have been mandated to administer the COVID-19 vaccine.
Part of the message said: “Panic in Lagos, people are running as COVID-19 injection is being administered.”
“It’s the Europeans that created the vaccine when they tested it on 1000 people in Britain, 600 out of that number died that’s the reason they want to now run a test on the blacks. May God save us,” it added.
An investigation carried out by CDD revealed that the claim that there is panic in the state because health workers were administrating the COVID-19 vaccine is false.
Evidence on the ground shows that Nigeria is yet to procure the COVID-19 vaccine let alone begin the process of administering it to citizens.
Therefore, the claim that people in Lagos are running away from health personnel distributing the vaccine is false.
Also, a report on AfricaNews which quoted the Director-General of the National Primary Health Care Development Agency (NPHCDA), Dr Faisal Shuaib, said Nigeria will receive 100,000 doses of the Pfizer vaccine by early February. The report
Dr Shuaib said: “What we do have coming to the country is the Pfizer vaccines that require about -70 degrees Celsius”
The audio clip being circulated on WhatsApp claiming that people in Lagos are running away from health workers administering the COVID-19 vaccine is false.
As of the time of this report, the vaccines are yet to arrive in Nigeria. Lagos is calm and people are going about their normal activities contrary to the claim that there is tension.
CDD urges the public to disregard the claim and stop sharing it.
CDD calls on Nigerians to always verify the authenticity stories before sharing them. You can also forward suspicious messages for verification via WhatsApp to +2349062910568 or contact us on Twitter @CDDWestAfrica
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