At a time when new cases of coronavirus are increasing worldwide and the world is desperately seeking a vaccine, an article with a video of Donald Trump claiming that the President of the United States has announced that the Covid-19 vaccine is ready and will be launched by Next Sunday, the pharmaceutical giant Roche has gone viral.
Facebook messages from users such as "Soumya G. G" and "Zafar Ali Mahar"shows a video clip from the NBC news channel.
At the very beginning of the 37-second clip, Trump invites Matt Sause, president and CEO of Roche Diagnostics, North America, to the podium. Sause expresses gratitude to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for "rapid approval" of coronavirus tests.
The caption for Facebook posts said, "Trump has announced that Roche Medical Company will launch the vaccine next Sunday, and millions of doses are ready !!! The end of the coin!"
The archived version of the article can be viewed here.
India Today Anti Fake News War Room (AFWA) found the statement and video to be misleading.
Trump never said that the coronavirus vaccine would be launched by Roche next Sunday. Sause had just thanked the FDA for approving the coronavirus tests. The company has received emergency approval for coronavirus testing and not for the vaccine.
The post is viral on Twitter and Facebook.
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We found media reports of March 13, 2020, regarding the obtaining of the emergency approval of Roche by the FDA for the tests of coronavirus
On the same day, Roche in a Press release announced that the FDA has issued an Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) for the cobas SARS-CoV-2 test. It is the "first commercial test for SARS-CoV-2 that will allow accelerated testing of coronavirus to meet urgent medical needs".
We found a longer version of the viral video on YouTube. On March 13, 2020, the official White House YouTube channel posted this video with the caption "President Trump holds a press conference". In the entire press conference, Trump never announced that the coronavirus vaccine would be ready on Sunday.
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According to "The Guardian", about 35 companies and institutions are competing to create a coronavirus vaccine. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the first coronavirus vaccine could be ready in 18 months. The managing director WHO tweeted it on February 12, 2020.
Researchers from around the world gather at @WHO for a research & innovation forum on # COVID19. The first vaccine could be ready in 18 months. In the meantime, there is much we can do to prevent transmission and to prepare for any further spread.https://t.co/7uXYj2KxF3
Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (@DrTedros) February 11, 2020
Therefore, it is clear that the viral message that US President Donald Trump announced a coronavirus vaccine next Sunday is misleading.
ClaimDonald Trump has announced that Roche will launch a coronavirus vaccine next Sunday.ConclusionTrump never said that. Roche has only obtained FDA emergency approval for coronavirus testing.
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