Luc Antoine Montagnier (born 18 August 1932) is a French virologist and joint recipient, with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen, of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He has worked as a researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and as a full-time professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.
The full time professor at Jiao Tong university in China has claimed that vaccination for Covid is creating new variants of the virus and causing more harm.
How does the Covid vaccine work?
Covid vaccine live or inactivated contains the same contain as that of real virus. When injected to you, your immune system recognizes it as the foreign antigen and fights against it.
The immunity gets trained against the virus and when real virus attacks you your immunity fights against it. The disease and death is prevented by vaccination.
When a larger proportion of the population is given a vaccine, the community is protected by that. More the people are immune to viruses, the less are the chances you will be getting infected.
Thus vaccines are effective.
Varients are the mutants that is virus gets mutated by changing its genetic material and physical properties.
Mutations are possible with any virus or living being for that matter. Slight change in genes and the virus may change its physical properties to a large extent.
The vaccine may be effective against the mutants or may not be.
Is there a correlation in virus vaccination?
There is no such evidence proving vaccination leads to mutations. Whether the vaccine is effective against mutation or not, mutation occurs randomly by chance with any virus.
Mutations may make viruses more lethal or may reduce its property to cause the disease.
Controversy by Luc Montegnier
Being a Nobel winner virologist Mr Luc Montegnier is a respected personality in his acumen. He has done extensive research on HIV virus for which he was awarded with a Nobel.
In his recent statement he has claimed the virus is causing creation and spread of mutants. It is causing more harm as more lethal variants are produced.
While making this statement the Nobel laureate Mr Luc Montagnier has not given any solid evidence to support his controversial claim.
Effect of this statement
Following can be effects of irresponsible statement by Luc Montagnier:
He is a Nobel laureate and a respected virologist figure for his contribution to humanity. People follow him as they have respect for him.
After his statement people may oppose and refrain from vaccination.
The vaccination campaign that has improved human lives for the better may get affected in a bad way.
The communities and countries with mass scale vaccination have seen the beneficial effect of vaccines in fighting the epidemic. Maligning vaccination by a respectable figure is not the thing that is needed.
What is our recommendation?
Respectable people like Luc Montagnier must be more responsible. People who are followed and respected by the masses should talk more responsibly.
They should at least produce some supporting evidence to their statements.
Do we have any other option?
Entire world has seen how Covid kills the people.
Countries like India, USA and Brazil were the most severely affected in the second wave.
Covid spreading like a wildfire any health infrastructure falls short to serve the people of affected nations.
Only way we can fight this pandemic is using mask, hand hygiene and most important Covid vaccines.
Vaccines save the cost of health infrastructure and medicines. We don’t have any other option.
Vaccines are not pushed on the population because we don’t have any other option. Vaccines do have scientific evidence that cannot be ignored and refused.
Is vaccination profiting big pharma companies?
Many people who are against vaccination say pharma companies are pushing it for their profit.
We disagree from this statement. Being healthcare workers we know how profitable it is to treat disease rather than preventing it.
By cost treatment of diseases can go in lakhs of rupees while prevention comes in few hundreds.
Blaming companies for their profit is a very irresponsible and naughty statement.