Dr. Rajendra Kapila, a "giant in the field of infectious diseases" passed away in India from Covid-19, after getting the both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. He was 81.
Dr. Kapila, a professor at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School, was in India to take care of ailing family members when he fell ill and died.
Thousands are dying in India due to lack of oxygen, beds and medical supplies in hospitals there.
Infectious Diseases Expert, Dr. Rajendra Kapila, a Professor from Rutgers University Dies Of COVID-19 in UP, India - He is reported to have taken two Pfizer shots & had come to India to look after his ailing father-in-law, & succumbed to Indian variant. pic.twitter.com/9VX7KwWF4a
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As news of the fully vaccinated doctor's death spread rapidly on social media, Snopes.com wrote:
Snopes claimed, "As of this writing, this rumor is a mixture of both facts and unverified information."
"Snopes was not able to determine the circumstances surrounding Kapila's death, including whether he was indeed vaccinated or if he had contracted COVID-19 while caring for a relative in India."
However, friends on Twitter.com confirmed that he was in India to take care of sick family members -- and that he was fully vaccinated before traveling from the U.S.
His stay in India was expected to be brief.
Dr. Kapila was a founding member of the New Jersey Infectious Disease Society.