Conspiracy theorists linked AstraZeneca’s use of Covid-19 vaccine to monkeypox outbreak

(ORDO NEWS) — Conspiracy theorists claim monkeypox cases are occurring in countries that have vaccinated their populations with AstraZeneca, which uses the chimpanzee adenovirus.

As the world grapples with the fallout from the deadly coronavirus pandemic, conspiracy theorists have now begun to link Covid-19 vaccines to monkeypox, which has been reported in several countries over the past two to three weeks.

The theory is based on the fact that the AstraZeneca vaccine developed by the University of Oxford contains a vaccine vector against chimpanzee adenovirus. Conspiracy theorists use this as yet another reason to raise anti-vaccine sentiment.

A famous example is Alex Jones of InfoWars, who is known for spreading fake news. Jones claimed that monkeypox originated in countries where people were taking the AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

Alex Jones stated that some covid vaccines cause monkeypox: “What is AstraZeneca and J+J. These are viral vectors that introduce the chimpanzee genome into your cells.”

There are also several theories that claim Covid-19 vaccines were supposedly developed in monkey tissue, and some conspiracy theorists have again blamed Bill Gates for the pandemic outbreak and aftermath.

Is the chimpanzee virus present in AstraZeneca?

AstraZeneca’s vaccine does use the chimpanzee adenovirus vaccine vector, which is a harmless, attenuated virus that usually causes mild colds in chimpanzees.

Oxford University said during vaccine development that chimpanzee adenovirus vectors are a very well-studied type of vaccine that has been used safely in thousands of cases.

“It [adenovirus] has been genetically modified so that it cannot develop in humans,” the University of Oxford said.


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