With the country fighting the second wave of Coronavirus, fake messages and reports have also done their job creating panic and fear among people.
A WhatsApp message forwarded all over the country, attributed to French Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier, claimed that vaccination during a Pandemic is a huge blunder, “unthinkable”, and would be remembered in history for all the wrong reasons.
According to him, vaccines are the reason why there are new variants of the Coronavirus, leading to many people dying all around the world.”Many epidemiologists know it and are “silent” about the problem known as “antibody-dependent enhancement,” Montagnier said.“It is the antibodies produced by the virus that enables an infection to become stronger.
“Most importantly, the message claimed that all the people who have taken the vaccine will die within two years due to antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE), which created a lot of panic among netizens.The message supported its claims by saying that all the countries are looking at the same result. Since the vaccination drive, every country has suffered a huge number of deaths due to the virus.
The Nobel Prize winner has raised his doubts over the vaccination during a Pandemic, and in 2020, he said that the Coronavirus is a man-made virus created in a laboratory, and was not convinced with the claims of the origin of the virus. However, it is confirmed that he did not make a statement regarding vaccinated people dying within two years.
The claim is fake, and the vaccines have been confirmed as completely safe.Additionally, a PIB Fact Check has proven this message to be fake. “An image allegedly quoting a French Nobel Laureate on COVID19 vaccines is circulating on social media.
The claim in the image is FAKE. COVID19 Vaccine is completely safe. Do not forward this image,” remarked the official PIB Twitter account.Professor Sandhya Koushika in the Department of Biological Sciences at Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, also confirmed that the variants arising is a natural process and that the vaccine by itself is not causing the variants to existing.
Panic created by fake messages can be harmful to everyone. Proper research through proven claims is advised before forwarding messages moving around the internet.