A video showing several Indian Army soldiers on the ground is doing rounds on social media. It is being claimed that they collapsed after taking COVID-19 vaccine.
The caption of the picture read, ‘देश के फौजियों ने वैक्सीन लगवाई ओर जब वो दौड़ रहे थे तो बहुत लोग बेहोश हो गए हैं और कइयों को भयंकर बीमारी दिल का दौरा पड़ा अब बताओ वैक्सीन सही है‘.
(Translation: Soldiers got vaccinated and when they were running they become unconscious, many even had terrible heart attacks. Now tell me if the vaccine is safe)
NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be false.
Firstly, we put keyframes of the video through Reverse Image Search and found the same video in a bulletin by News18 Punjab uploaded on August 21, 2021. The title of the video on YouTube read, “Pathankot News: ਮੈਰਾਥਨ ‘ਚ ਹਿੱਸਾ ਲੈਣ ਵਾਲੇ ਫੌਜੀ ਦੀ ਮੌਤ | MILITARY MARATHON | NEWS18 PUNJAB”. (Translation: Soldier died in marathon | MILITARY MARATHON | NEWS18 PUNJAB)
As per the report, 9 Corps Recce Troop competition was held on August 21, 2021. During the event, 34 soldiers collapsed due to hot and humid weather conditions and were rushed to Pathankot Military Hospital but it does not mention anything about the COVID-19 vaccines.
Further, we found a video uploaded by video news platform Editorji on Twitter dated August 21, 2021. “One Army jawan died and four are in critical condition after more than 30 soldiers collapsed due to heat and exhaustion at an endurance run in Mamun military station near #Pathankot”, the tweet read.
Further, we found a statement by the Indian Army on the incident on ANI’s Twitter handle. The statement mentioned that the soldiers collapsed due to extreme weather conditions.
In conclusion, the information proves that the video of soldiers collapsing is not related to COVID-19 vaccines.
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