Fact-checked by: LeadStories

2020/01/22 | United States

False: “A patent on this ‘new’ coronavirus expired on the 22nd (of January), today”.

Explanation: A patent for the vaccine for the new coronavirus did not expire on January 22, 2020. The patent that can be seen in this Instagram post is related to the SARS epidemic, which killed more than 800 people after it broke out in China in 2002.

Read the Full Article (LeadStories)

This false claim originated from: Instagram

The #CoronavirusFacts database records fact-checks published since the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak. The pandemic and its consequences are constantly evolving and data that was accurate weeks or even days ago might have changed. Remember to check the date when the fact-check you are reading was published before sharing it.