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Vaccination campaigns against Covid-19 have started in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada. It will soon be the turn of the European Union. On the other hand, we are still not immune to the infoxes circulating en masse about these new vaccines. In addition to legitimate doubts, there are pure lies aimed at the new technology employed.
This is the innovative technology of the ” Messenger RNA Which is in the spotlight today because it is this new solution offered by the BioNTech / Pfizer laboratories as well as Moderna, the first two to have developed effective vaccines against Covid-19. The Pfizer vaccine being the very first approved by the US Medicines Agency. They are raising huge hopes, as there are more than 1.6 million deaths from Covid-19 worldwide. The populations would still have to agree to be vaccinated. Hence the battle for information and transparency that is being played out around these vaccines. However, some are sowing doubt on social networks.
Scare with the progress of science
Apart from the most hazy theories on the injection of electronic chips which would aim to ensure population control, a favorite scenario of conspirators, infoxes are circulating on the very technique of mRNA vaccination. This new technology would modify our DNA and would therefore have an influence on future generations. Which is wrong.
The scientific explanation is that messenger RNA cannot enter the nucleus of the cell where the 46 chromosomes containing human DNA are located. None of the assumptions made by the detractors of this innovative technology is verified.. But the subject being complex, followers of alternative medicine and other followers of the anti-vax movement are spreading these infoxes with the aim of arousing mistrust of these vaccines developed, it is true, at an unprecedented speed, with means unprecedented.
Risk of sterility not proven
Other infoxes are circulating concerning a risk of sterility attributable to mRNA vaccines. It is just as wrong. The technique used consists of injecting an RNA molecule which will ask our cells to make a harmless protein. By recognizing it, our body will trigger an immune response and produce antibodies against Sars-CoV-2.
Some publications have speculated that the immune system could also attack the protein involved in the development of the placenta and lead to infertility in women. But no serious study validates this hypothesis. Hence the green light given by health authorities in more and more countries.
Twitter takes action against vaccine misinformation
Twitter has just announced that the withdrawal of false publications on vaccines will now be required from next week. Users who persist in relaying false claims about Covid vaccines would no longer be allowed to tweet again.
Last fall, Facebook and YouTube are committed in the same direction, but what we have seen is that the intentions of these large platforms were not really followed up. Or at least that their efforts failed to put an end to disinformation campaigns, fueled by a great distrust of politicians and scientists, battered by the pandemic and the unpredictability of its evolution.