Well, it was only a matter of time before someone started blaming the Covid-19 vaccines for the monkey pox outbreak. After all, since the beginning of 2021, apparently every time a new health problem has reached the news, some politicians, TV personalities and anonymous social media accounts have tried to link the problem back to the Covid-19 vaccines. E.g, on May 1, I covered for Forbes how some people tried to link the hepatitis outbreak among children with Covid-19 vaccination, despite the minor detail that many of these children did not even receive the Covid-19 vaccine.
So it should come as no surprise that Alex Jones, who has hosted various TV and radio shows and negotiated supplements and several conspiracy theories, tried to link the Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines to the monkey cup outbreak d. a recent episode of him InfoWars show. If you’ve been Jonesing for a clip of this show, Florida lawyer Ron Filipkowski provided one with the following tweet:
As you can see, Jones’ argument was that the monkey pox outbreak has affected the same countries where people have received the Astra-Zeneca and Johnson & Johnson Covid-19 vaccines. Of course, this is not a convincing argument, as the 12 countries that have had monkey poop cases – Australia, Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, the UK and the US – all have places that also serves hot dogs. And no one seems to blame the Franks for the outbreak.
Jones went on to claim that these two Covid-19 vaccines are “viral vectors that inject the genome of a chimpanzee into your cells and then order your cells to replicate during 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, pointed out in the following tweets, Jones seemed to inject quite a bit of beep into his segment:
Hotez stressed that the J&J vaccine does not even use a chimpanzee adnovirus and instead uses a human adenovirus. Both vaccines use non-replicating adenoviruses, meaning viruses that are unable to multiply.
They do not inject “a chimpanzee’s genome into your cells.” Also, Jones seemed to monkey around too much. As I described on May 8 for ForbesDespite its name, monkey pox is not very 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 thanks”, it circulates mainly among rodents.
In addition, there is a clearly different virus behind the monkey cup outbreak. It is a double-stranded DNA virus that is part of Orthopoxvirus the genus and Poxviridae family. This is not a mysterious virus. Scientists have known since the 1970s, decades before Justin Timberlake left * NSYNC, that this virus can cause monkey pox.
Moreover, as Forbes contributor Vicky Forster, PhD, indicated that not everyone affected by the monkey pox outbreak received the Covid-19 vaccine themselves:
Again, if you want to try to blame the Covid-19 vaccines for an outbreak, you should at least make sure that everyone affected by the outbreak actually got the Covid-19 vaccine.
Other anonymous social media accounts such as “TruthSeekTried to suggest that bullous pemphigoid, a very rare potential side effect of the Covid-19 vaccines, resembles ‘very’ monkey pox:
Umm, watch out for anything that tries to call itself “Truth” – something these days. To seek the truth, you must at least identify who you are.
Such attempts to connect bullous pemphigoid with monkey cups would be full of lesions. The two are does not like each other. Bullous pemphigoid is an autoimmune skin disorder that results in large, fluid-filled blisters that tend to develop by folds on your skin on the lower abdomen, upper thighs and armpits. Equating monkey cups 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 monkey pox, bullous pemphigoid and acne are very different in appearance, configuration, timing and associated symptoms, although all three can affect your ball.
Over the years, Jones has promoted his share of conspiracy theories. Which I covered for Forbes back in 2018, these have included allegations that the Sandy Hook massacre was staged, that vaccines cause autism, and that the government has used chemicals to make people and frogs gay (because, why not, not?) In fact, the conspiracy theories spread without providing any real evidence has become a fairly commonly used trope. And then the blame has all been on Covid-19 vaccines trooped over the past year or so. Therefore, it has just not been so surprising to have the monkey pox see, monkey pox is spreading Covid-19 vaccine conspiracy theories that are happening right now.