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Fact Check: COVID-19 vaccine not shown to cause female sterilisation, Pfizer and experts clarify

The clarification came after an article citing a former Pfizer researcher had claimed that the COVID-19 vaccine would train the immune system to attack a protein involved in placenta formation, leading to infertility in women


Pakistani TV channel 24 News HD airs 2018 footage of Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest in Kashmir, claims it is 2019

Kashmir News Updates: A Pakistani television channel shared a video on their YouTube channel in early August 2019 claiming it was "breaking news" footage of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani under house arrest. The claim is false; the video has circulated online in reports since at least April 2018.


Viral photo of girl walking past soldiers in Jammu and Kashmir taken in 2016, not August 2019, reports AFP

A photo of a girl reading a book as she walks past heavily armed soldiers in Kashmir has been shared hundreds of times in multiple posts on Facebook and Twitter which claim the image was taken after the Indian government revoked the region’s special status in August 2019. The claim is false; the photo was taken in 2016 during previous unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.