Fact Check by Vishvas News: WhatsApp forward claiming 'vaccinated people will die in 2 years' spreads fear; here's the truth
New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Ever since the Covid-19 vaccination was launched in India, various speculations around its efficacy have been made. Despite assurances by doctors and medical councils, fake news and misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines continue to spread on social media platforms. Recently, a WhatsApp forward was widely circulated in which an alleged statement by the eminent French virologist and Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier, is quoted saying "all (Coronavirus) vaccinated people will die in 2 years".
The viral WhatsApp forward reads: “All Vaccinated people will die within 2 years: Nobel Prize Winner Luc Montagnier has confirmed that there is no chance of survival for people who have received any form of the vaccine. In the shocking interview, the world’s top virologist stated blankly: there is no hope, and no possible treatment for those who have been vaccinated already. We must be prepared to incinerate the bodies. The scientific genius backed claims of other pre-eminent virologists after studying the constituents of the vaccine. They will all die from antibody dependent enhancement. Nothing more can be said."
However, Jagran New Media's Vishvas News, which is an International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), while fact-checking this information found out that it is fake news. Vishvas News in its investigation found that virologist Luc Montagnier did not make the claim. The statement is misquoted from his interview wherein Montagnier is talking about variants of SARS-CoV-2. An extensive detail of the viral video's false claim is also given on Vishvas News. Click here to read the full report.
Meanwhile, this is not the first time WhatsApp forwards spreading misinformation about the Covid-19 vaccines have been circulated on social media platforms. Earlier, also Vishvas News has busted various such fake news regarding the side effects of Coronavirus and its vaccines.
Meanwhile, the Health Ministry on Wednesday said that a total of 20,06,62,456 people have been vaccinated so far in India including 20,39,087 people who were administered vaccines in the last 24 hours.
Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal