3 Debunking ‘fake news’ about monkeypox

‘Vaccine-Caused’ Disease, ‘Sparked by Bill Gates’: The recent emergence of monkeypox cases outside Africa has already given rise to many misinformation, rumors and conspiratorial insinuations on the Internet, similar to those circulating since 2020 about COVID.

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“Smallpox is a side effect of AstraZeneca,” say netizens, an information resource particularly prevalent around the world. As “proof,” they argue that “chimpanzee adenovirus” was used to create the COVID-19 vaccine.

But experts interviewed by AFP made it clear that this was completely “baseless” and that the two pathogens were unrelated, as they belonged to two different families of viruses (monkeypox virus and COVID vaccine adenovirus).

“It is not possible for this adenovirus to mutate” into the virus responsible for monkeypox, explains Theresa Lampe, professor of immunology at the University of Oxford.

The adenovirus in the vaccine is used as a vector, that is, a simple means of transmitting genetic instructions to the vaccine cells, which can then establish their own immune response against COVID.

They added that, as in other so-called “viral vector” vaccines, the adenovirus has been modified so that it does not contaminate the vaccine body.

Finally, monkeypox owes its name to the fact that it was first discovered in macaques in 1958, but it is not limited to this species, INSERM notes. It is also found in rodents, for example.

In 2021, the NTI, an American organization specializing in the prevention of nuclear and bacteriological risks, organized a simulation of a monkeypox epidemic. The chosen date for this fictional scenario? May 2022.

This coincidence is widely used to assert or suggest that the reproduction of monkeypox cases was coordinated.

As the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is one of many contributors to NTI, the American billionaire – who has already been targeted by several conspiracy theses for years – is accused, moreover, of being behind this new health alert.

explained the NTI, who noted that “the risks posed by monkeypox have been well documented for years by many health authorities.”

“What needs to be remembered (from the 2021 simulation, editor’s note) is not the (chosen) pathogen in our fictitious scenario, (but) the fact that the world is completely unprepared for new pandemics in the future and that we must act urgently to remedy this vulnerability,” the organization adds.

A similar rumor spread in 2020 about COVID, based on a simulated coronavirus outbreak in 2019.

Several publications claim that doxycycline, an antibiotic that “cures monkeypox in two days,” has been banned by order of the Ministry of Health.

This is wrong: the official text doesn’t say that, it does allow vaccination – in certain cases – for people exposed to monkeypox virus, and it doesn’t mention doxycycline.

Moreover, doxycycline is not a cure for this disease, as several experts explained to AFP, only because it is an antibiotic that is used to fight bacteria and not viruses.

On the other hand, if necessary, antiviral drugs (such as tecovirimat) can be used against monkeypox, doctors and health authorities state.

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