Fact check: Do COVID-19 vaccine recipients die within 2 years?
The coronavirus pandemic has already caused a wave of anxiety and weakened humanity across the world. As if that was not enough, an era of infordemic, misinformation about the virus, especially on vaccination, has emerged – frustrating and confusing people even more.
Currently, a video clip is circulating on WhatsApp in which a French virologist and Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier makes astonishing claims about COVID-19 vaccines.
In the 45-second long video clip, Luc says the idea of vaccinating the world against the coronavirus was unthinkable and a historic blunder creating new variants.
“It’s unthinkable to vaccinate during a pandemic. They’re silent. It is the antibodies produced by the virus that enable the infection to become stronger,” he said in the video recorded in French.
“It is what we call antibody-dependent enhancement, which means antibodies favour a certain infection. It is clear that the new variants are created by antibody-mediated selection due to the vaccination,” Luc added.
The video clip was picked up by a Twitter user with the handle @ceciliafields and reposted with a frightening caption; recipients of COVID-19 vaccines will die within two years.
Cecilia later deleted the tweet after intense scrutiny by netizens. However, a verification tool traced and found the archived version on archive.is with an inflammatory caption.
“All vaccinated people will die within 2 years. Nobel laureate 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 leading virologist stated bluntly: “There is no hope…”
According to a forensic analysis by City Review fact-checking desk, the virologist indeed said vaccination is a historic blunder and brews new variants into the body.
But Luc did not state anywhere in the video that COVID-19 vaccines kill recipients within two years. The original video is 11 minutes long and was first posted on odysee.com on May 13, 2021.
Many websites wrote about the statements uttered in the video but no reputable media outlet covered an angle that claims death within two years of receiving the jab. Could Luc made such a statement, it would have been taken up.
The viral video also shows a logo of “Rair Foundation USA” at the top right corner. A word search by City Review finds that Rair Foundation is a grassroots activist organization. It carried a similar article on the subject but nowhere does it mention death within 2 years.
A study by the Mary Ann Liebert“Coronavirus Resource Center” reveals that virus-specific antibodies are in general considered antiviral and play an important role in controlling infections in a number of ways.
History of controversy
Mr. Luc has a well-established history of controversy. In 2020, he said the coronavirus was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan, a Chinese city where the viral infection was first reported. His theory was found almost compelling by prominent figures like Donald Trump, the former U.S. President.
According to a French Website The Connexion, just one year after winning the Nobel prize, Luc claimed a good immune system was enough to protect people against AIDS. The report also says that Luc is known for being anti-vaccination, pro-homoeopathy, and believes that “water has memory”.
Four years ago, the Nobel Peace laureate opposed the French government’s decision to make certain vaccinations mandatory, accusing the policy of “poisoning the next generation little by little”.
Luc’s colleagues and 106 academicians alike were outraged. They responded by writing an open letter, alleging that one of their peers is using his Nobel Prize status to spread dangerous health messages outside of his field of knowledge.
With that said, it is true that Luc has made staggering statements around vaccination during the Covid-19 pandemic, but he has not said anything like people who vaccinate themselves will die within two years.