We know that one of social media’s bane is how misguiding it can be . Recently rumors started circulating about how vaccines are the reason for the creation of new SARS-CoV-2 variants . Lets find out if its true or just another rumor we heard in passing .
This particular news began spreading wildly like a wild fire and the one who was a reason that started was French virologist Luc Montagnier who co-won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for identifying HIV . He was reported to have claimed in a recent interview for a documentary called “Hold-Up” regarding this . In a video clip of the interview circulating on social media , Montagnier claims that the novel coronavirus does not die with the antibodies that are produced by the vaccines. Instead, it finds “another solution,” and that solution is the variants. He further said , “You see it in each country; it’s the same: The curve of vaccinations is followed by the curve of deaths.”
On the other hand other medical experts say Montagnier is wrong and that science shows the opposite to be true. The experts said that :
- Virus mutations occur randomly and independently of vaccination.
- Vaccines can play a role in squashing the variants.
How SARS-CoV-2 variants actually develop ?
Let’s see the major points Kartik Chandran, PhD, professor in the department of microbiology and immunology, Harold and Muriel Block Faculty Scholar in Virology at Albert Einstein College of Medicine , stated as a small summary:
He says that “Virus is always mutating and it does a clumsy work at copying its own genetic information and makes many errors every time it copies. This is the reason for the random errors which are the mutations and it’s important to note that the more copies the virus makes the more mutation . Most of this mutation are not adverse or they are harmful to the virus because the mess it up.”
Once in a while a mutant has advantage : it might be being able to grow in a person or spread from one person to another or escape antibodies the person is making. This mutant can successfully become a variant that could be harmful than the current strain of virus. It’s mainly the immune system of people who did not vaccinate that drives the selection of variants that can escape some antibodies. The vaccine can effectively destroy the variants that are currently circulating. Vaccination will tremendously reduce the possibility of virus transferring from one person to another.
Proof that vaccines cause SARS-CoV-2 variants are false:
Peter Stoilov, PhD, an associate professor of biochemistry who is leading the SARS-CoV-2 variant sequencing efforts in West Virginia, described Montagnier’s argument as “completely bonkers (Stupid) . Given below is the explanation Stoilov gave to prove that vaccines produces variants is false . Montagneir bases his argument saying that mutations can change epitope ( part of an antigen that is recognized by the immune system) that the immune system has learnt from the vaccination giving some selective advantage to virus. While Stoilov says, selection does not cause new variants to rise but it selects some of them.
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