Well, it was only a matter of time before someone started blaming the Covid-19 vaccines for the monkeypox outbreak. After all, since early 2021, seemingly every time a new health problem hits the news, some politicians, TV personalities and anonymous social media accounts have tried to link the problem back to the Covid-19 vaccines. For example, on May 1, I covered for: Forbes how some people tried to link the childhood hepatitis outbreak with Covid-19 vaccination, despite the small detail that many of these children didn’t even get the Covid-19 vaccine.
So it should come as no surprise that Alex Jones, the one who has hosted several TV and radio shows and sold supplements and numerous conspiracy theories, tried to link the Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to the outbreak of monkey pox on a recent episode of his InfoWars to show. If you’ve been Jonesing for a clip from this show, Florida attorney Ron Filipkowski provided one with the following tweet:
As you can see, Jones’ argument was that the monkeypox outbreak is affecting the same countries where people have received the Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines. This isn’t an overly convincing argument, of course, as the 12 countries that have had cases of monkey pox — Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK, and US — all post that too. serve hot dogs. And no one seems to blame the outbreak on franks.
Jones went on to claim that these two Covid-19 vaccines are “virus vectors that inject a chimpanzee genome into your cells and then instruct your cells to replicate under those orders.” Umm, that would be correct, except for the fact that it’s completely wrong. As Peter Hotez, MD, PhD, dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine, noted in the following tweets, Jones seemed to be injecting quite a bit of squeak into his segment:
Hotez stressed that the J&J vaccine doesn’t even use a chimpanzee adnovirus, but a human adenovirus instead. Both vaccines use non-replicating adenoviruses, that is, viruses that cannot reproduce.
They don’t inject a “chimpanzee genome into your cells.” Plus, Jones seemed to be monkeying too much. As I described on May 8 for ForbesDespite its name, Monkeypox is not really strongly associated with monkeys. Hotez explained that although the virus was first found in NHPs in 1958, which stands for “non-human primates” and not “no hot dogs please,” it mainly circulates among rodents.
In addition, there is a distinctly different virus behind the monkeypox outbreak. It is a double-stranded DNA virus that is part of the… Orthopox virus gender and the smallpox viruses family. This is not a mysterious virus. Scientists have known since the 1970s, decades before Justin Timberlake left *NSYNC, that this virus can cause monkeypox.
In addition, like Forbes contributor Vicky Forster, PhD, indicated that not everyone affected by the monkeypox outbreak has even received the Covid-19 vaccine:
Again, if you want to blame the Covid-19 vaccines for an outbreak, at least make sure everyone affected by the outbreak actually gets the Covid-19 vaccine.
Other anonymous social media accounts like “Seeking Truth”tried to suggest that bullous pemphigoid, a very rare possible side effect of the Covid-19 vaccines, is “very similar” to monkey pox:
Umm, beware of anything that tries to call itself “Truth” – anything these days. If you want to seek the truth, at least identify who you are.
Such attempts to link bullous pemphigoid to monkeypox would be fraught with lesions. The two are not like each other. Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune disease of the skin that results in large, fluid-filled blisters that tend to develop on folds on your skin on your lower abdomen, upper thighs, and armpits. Equating monkeypox with bullous pemphigoid because they both have fluid-filled lesions would be like equating it with acne because they both have pus-filled lesions. Otherwise, many teens would be diagnosed with monkey pox. The lesions of monkeypox, bullous pemphigoid, and acne are very different in appearance, configuration, timing, and associated symptoms, although all three can affect your prom.
Over the years, Jones has promoted his share of conspiracy theories. As I covered for Forbes in 2018, these included claims that the mass shooting at Sandy Hook was staged, that vaccines cause autism, and that the government has used chemicals to make humans and frogs homosexual (because, why not, right?) In fact, the spread is conspiracy theories without providing any real evidence, has become a fairly common trope. And so everything has been blamed on Covid-19 vaccines over the past year or so. That’s why it just wasn’t that surprising to see the monkey pox, monkey pox is spreading Covid-19 vaccine conspiracy theories that are happening right now.