Well, it was only a matter of time before someone started blaming the Covid-19 vaccines for the ongoing monkeypox outbreak. After all, since early 2021 it seems every time a new health issue hits the news, some politicians, TV personalities and anonymous social media accounts have tried to link the new problem to the Covid-19 vaccines. For example, I mated on May 1st forbes how some people tried to link the outbreak of hepatitis in children to the Covid-19 vaccination. They did so despite the small detail that many of these children were not even receiving Covid-19 vaccines.
So what Alex Jones attempted in one of his episodes recently InfoWars Show shouldn’t come as a surprise. Jones, who incidentally is not a doctor or other scientist but has peddled dietary supplements and other health products, attempted to somehow link the monkeypox outbreak to Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Covid-19 vaccines bring. If you saw Jones for a clip of this moment in Jones’s InfoWars shows, Florida attorney Ron Filipkowski provided one with the following tweet:
As you can see, Jones’ main argument was that the monkeypox outbreak is affecting the same countries where people received the Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines. Of course, that’s not a very convincing argument. A lot has happened in the 12 countries that have so far had cases of monkeypox, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). For example, there are places in Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK and USA that also serve hot dogs. Frankly, however, you don’t seem to hear anyone wondering if hot dogs could be the source of the monkeypox outbreak.
Jones went on to claim that both of these Covid-19 vaccines are “viral vectors that inject a chimpanzee’s genome into your cells and then command your cells to replicate under those commands.” Um, that would be correct, except for the fact that it is completely wrong. As Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine pointed out in subsequent tweets, Jones seemed to be injecting quite a bit of what the heck into his InfoWars Segment:
Hotez emphasized that the J&J vaccine doesn’t even use a chimpanzee adenovirus, as Jones claimed, but uses a human adenovirus instead. Both vaccines use non-replicating adenoviruses, which are viruses that cannot replicate. Oh, and they don’t inject “a chimpanzee’s genome into your cells,” as Jones claimed.
In fact, Jones seemed to be fooling around way too much. As I described on May 8th for forbes, despite its name, monkeypox really doesn’t have much to do with monkeys. As Hotez explained, the name monkeypox came about because the virus that causes monkeypox was first found in a 1958 NHP, which stands for “nonhuman primate” rather than “no hot dogs, please.” Although this virus can infect monkeys, it mainly circulates among rodents. And the virus certainly won’t turn you into a monkey if you catch it.
So why is Jones trying to find another cause of the monkeypox outbreak when the real cause is already pretty damn clear? The culprit is a double-stranded DNA virus that is part of the orthopox virus genus and the Poxviridae Family. This is by no means a mysterious virus. Scientists have known that this virus can cause monkeypox since the early 1970s or over 1600 Scaramuccis ago.
Additionally, Jones’ argument further collapses when one realizes that not everyone affected by the monkeypox outbreak received even the AstraZeneca or J&J Covid-19 vaccines. For example, here’s what forbes Contributor Vicky Forster, PhD, tweeted a case of monkeypox in the UK:
This is shoddy conspiracy theory work. Again, if you’re going to spread a conspiracy theory, try tying up loose ends first. At least first, make sure everyone affected by the outbreak has actually received the Covid-19 vaccines.
Not surprisingly, scientific facts haven’t stopped various social media accounts, many of which are anonymous, from promoting this conspiracy theory about the Covid-19 vaccine causing the monkeypox outbreak. For example, an account calling itself “Truth quest‘ tried to suggest that bullous pemphigoid, a very rare potential side effect of the Covid-19 vaccines, is ‘something like’ monkeypox:
Um, first of all, beware of anything or anyone trying to call themselves “truth” these days – anything. Isn’t that a bit like someone choosing “sexy” or “beautiful” as a nickname on a dating site? You probably aren’t going to say, “Oh, that person must be sexy.” When you claim you want to seek the truth, at least identify who you really are.
Second, any attempt to suggest that bullous pemphigoid and monkeypox are the same would be fraught with lesions. The both are not like each other. Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune skin disease that causes large, fluid-filled blisters that tend to develop in folds of skin on the lower abdomen, thighs, and armpits. Equating bullous pemphigoid with monkeypox just because the latter may eventually have fluid-filled lesions would be like equating acne with monkeypox just because the latter may eventually have pus-filled lesions. You’d have a lot of freaked out teenagers if you announced that any lesions with pus meant a monkeypox diagnosis. The lesions of monkeypox, bullous pemphigoid, and acne all vary widely in their appearance, configuration, progression, and associated symptoms, although all three can affect your chances of getting a prom date.
Jones has certainly encouraged his share of conspiracy theories over the years. As I covered forbes As far back as 2018, these conspiracy theories have included claims that the Sandy Hook mass shooting was staged, that vaccines cause autism, and that the government used chemicals to turn people and frogs gay (because, why not, right?). that Spreading-conspiracy-theories-without-providing-real-evidence The thing has become a widely used term not only by Jones but by many others as well. So has the Blame it all on Covid-19 vaccines since the Covid-19 vaccines hit the market in late 2020. So brace yourself for more monkeypox deals from anti-vaccination and other pseudo-scientific folks in the coming week or so.