• Many publications on social networks suggest that monkey pox is caused by anti-Covid vaccines inoculated massively for more than a year.

  • One of the arguments put forward is that monkey extracts are used in the AstraZeneca-Oxford vaccine.

  • Monkeypox is misnamed since the source of this disease is not primates but African rodents.

    It was named after its discovery in macaques in 1958.

"Monkey pox is just an excuse!"

This is the Covid disaster, caused by the Covid vaccines.

Like this Internet user, many publications on social networks accuse vaccines against Covid-19 of being the cause of the appearance and expansion of the virus called “monkey pox” in recent weeks.

The main arguments advanced relate first to timing: The first cases of monkey pox appeared a little over a year after the start of the massive vaccination campaigns.

The second, more powerful argument is that monkey extracts were used to make these vaccines.

The latter, inoculated en masse, would then have led to the new cases of monkeypox, according to these Internet users.

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The vaccine developed by AstraZeneca and the University of Oxford, whose real name is "Vaxzevria", clearly has a link with our primate cousins ​​since it uses a chimpanzee adenovirus in its manufacture, a non-replicating viral vector, like the specifies the website of the National Agency for the Safety of Medicines and Health Products (ANSM).

The vector adenovirus brings into the cells of the vaccinated person the genetic material of the Spike protein of the coronavirus to induce immunity against the virus in them.

Yet there is no connection between monkeypox and Covid vaccines.

Quite simply because monkeypox has no connection with… the monkey, as Antoine Flahault, epidemiologist and director of the Institute of Global Health at the Faculty of Medicine of the University of Geneva explains: “This disease bears its name doubly badly because on the one hand it is not smallpox, but rather a disease closer to chickenpox, and on the other hand its reservoir is not monkeys but rodents.

The virus was so named because it was discovered in infected primates from a Copenhagen pet store in 1958 and, according to Inserm, because the symptoms "are similar, but much less severe. ,

A virus that is difficult to transmit from human to human

“The only known reservoirs of this virus to date are small rodents from equatorial Africa, in particular palm grove squirrels which in central or western Africa have been the source of contamination”, specifies Antoine Flahault.

It was from 1970 that the first human cases were identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and then in Nigeria.

But according to the scientist, humans and monkeys are only so-called "amplifier hosts" of the virus, that is to say capable of infecting each other, replicating the virus in their cells and d infect other primates.

If scientists follow the evolution of the disease closely, it is unlikely to experience a pandemic of the type we are experiencing with SARS-CoV-2.

Firstly because vaccines already exist, as Inserm points out, but also because it is a virus that is difficult to transmit from human to human: "It requires close and prolonged contact between two people, and is mainly via saliva or pus from skin lesions formed during the infection.

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Antoine Flahault gives the keys to recognizing monkeypox: "5 to 21 days after infection, you develop a flu-like syndrome, with fever, body aches, fatigue, then a rash that resembles that of chickenpox or shingles, with vesicles teeming with viruses and appearing on the skin, sometimes quite localized, sometimes a little more generalized, then affecting the palms of the hands and the soles of the feet.

In three weeks complete healing occurs spontaneously.

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