Kashmir Experts Rubbish Vaccine Death Claim

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Srinagar: Terming the reports attributed to a French Virologist Luc Montagnier that Covid-19 vaccine will lead to deaths in next two years as fake, senior medical practitioners on Saturday said that the vaccine is the only biggest protection for all humans against the dreaded coronavirus disease.

Principal, Government Medical College (GMC), Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid termed the statement attributed to French Virologist and Noble Peace Prize Laureate as a “wrong information” spread against vaccination. She said that the vaccine is the only biggest protection for all humans against the Covid-19 disease.

“A vaccinated person has less chance to get infected and even if a vaccinated person gets infected with the Covid-19, the severity of the disease is less and a person has high chances to recover and fight the virus better in comparison to the person who has not got vaccinated.

Urging people not to pay heed to any such information spread against the vaccine, Dr Saima said that people should come forward and must get vaccinated to stay safe against this virus.

A Facebook post claims Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier said everyone who received a COVID-19 vaccination would develop a disorder called antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) and die within two years.

This has caused a lot of anxiety among those who have taken the vaccines. It is also promoting vaccine hesitancy among those yet to be vaccinated.

A fact check done by Reuters news agency said in a report on Saturday that there is no evidence to back up this claim, nor was there any instance found where Montagnier made this comment.

Echoing Dr Saima, Dr. Muhammad Salim Khan Professor and HOD, Community Medicine, GMC, Srinagar said that the vaccine does not cause Antibody- dependent Enhancement (ADE).

Rebutting the news item spread in the name of Montagnier as hypothetical presumptions, Dr. Khan said that people should not pay heed to such fake news.

He said that over 180 crore doses of Covid vaccines have been given till date worldwide and there is no evidence of ADE reported anywhere in the world.

He said that ADE is an acute condition and its association with COVID vaccines would have definitely caused global concern till date.

“During various phases of vaccine trials, no such phenomenon has been reported with any COVID vaccine anywhere and any such apprehension of having ADE causing deaths in near future among COVID vaccine recipients needs a reassurance that COVID Vaccination is safe and there’s no threat of future deaths due to Antibody- dependant Enhancement after receiving COVID vaccines,” he said.

He termed the vaccine safe and said instead millions of lives have been saved due to COVID vaccination globally.

Dr. Khan urged people not to listen to any person about unforeseen circumstances when there is scientific evidence that COVID vaccines are safe and highly protective against COVID infection and severity.

“We need to reach out and get every eligible person vaccinated alongside following COVID appropriate behaviour so that there’s no emergence of next COVID wave” he added.

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