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Korean expert says monkeypox is not related to AstraZeneca vaccine

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AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine in Australia – Photo: REUTERS

According to AFP news agency, recent social media posts contain false information about cases of monkeypox recorded outside of Africa.

Among them is information that monkeypox is a “side effect” of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. This statement is related to the fact that the AstraZeneca vaccine uses the chimpanzee adenovirus vector.

However, medical experts say this has no basis in fact, partly because the viruses belong to different families: poxvirus causes monkeypox, and adenovirus is used to make the AstraZeneca vaccine.

Professor Eom Jung Shik, an infectious disease specialist at the Gil Medical Center of Gachon University (Korea), said that the AstraZeneca vaccine “cannot create new viruses in the human body and cause diseases like monkeypox.” “.

Adenovirus is used as a vaccine vector. This means it is just a vehicle to deliver the genetic instructions to the body to produce spike proteins similar to those of the SARS-CoV-2 virus. Similar to other viral vector vaccines, chimpanzee adenovirus has been inactivated so as not to cause harm to humans.

Professor Yoo Jin Hong, an epidemiologist at the Catholic University of Korea, said the misinformation about AstraZeneca “seems to stem from the idea that chimpanzees are related to monkeys, but this is a very ignorant rumor and has no basis in fact”.

Monkeypox is so named because it was first discovered in a group of monkeys being studied for scientific purposes in 1958. They are not the only animals, however, to contract the disease. .

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), rodents also often have reservoirs of monkeypox.

There is also misinformation that the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently approved Pfizer’s new monkeypox vaccine. This information is false, because the only vaccine against monkeypox in the US was approved by the FDA in 2019, and Pfizer does not manufacture it.

According to WHO, from May 13 to June 2, there were 780 cases of monkeypox recorded in 27 countries around the world, where the disease is not endemic.

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TTO – The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned that monkeypox has been spreading quietly “for some time” in countries where the disease is not endemic. He said monkeypox seems to spread from person to person in England.

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