Why do some people think that vaccines caused the COVID surge in India?
The usual suspects…
Vaccines and the COVID Surge in India
India continues to report record numbers of COVID cases and deaths each day. They now have just over 400,000 new cases a day and 3,500 new deaths.
This second surge follows a well handled first wave, which left many in India thinking the pandemic was over.
Instead, as few people were vaccinated (maybe 5 to 10% of people) and large crowds began mixing, COVID variants took off across the country.
And the effects have been devastating, with overwhelmed hospitals turning away patients, as there are no hospital beds or oxygen to treat patients.
Crematoriums are also overwhelmed, as more and more people are dying with COVID each day.
People that are not being helped by Ayurveda, as some folks claim.
So no, vaccines didn’t cause the COVID surge in India.
If vaccines were causing COVID surges, then why didn’t we see those surges in the United States as we were vaccinating up to four million people a day?!?
Can vaccines stop the surge?
Probably, but considering that there are over 1.37 billion people in India, they will have to vaccinate a lot more than 2 million people a day if they have any hopes of controlling COVID. And that means they will need a lot more COVID vaccine to get everyone vaccinated, at a time when COVID vaccines are already in short supply.
“There it was, right in front of me, a deluge of Covid disinformation piped straight to my mom’s phone. There were forwarded messages discussing ways to boost immunity using home remedies and spices. One message urged people not to take the vaccine, claiming that “an Indian household’s kitchen contains everything there is to boost immunity”. There were claims that “Covid-19 is a bacteria and not a virus” and the myth that the virus was created in a Chinese lab.
If what my mom was receiving was bad, my dad, a more active WhatsApp user, was being exposed to far worse. I found messages from famous anti-vaxxers like Robert F. Kennedy Junior and Biswaroop Roy Choudhary, who dismiss the virus and claim to have “proof” that governments and organisations are duping people. Alarmingly, many videos of conspiracist organisation the World Freedom Alliance claiming that vaccines are ineffective and that Covid-19 is a hoax were finding their way to Indian family groups.”Covid lies are tearing through India’s family WhatsApp groups
Misinformation and propaganda that likely slowed their COVID vaccine rollout, one of the things that could have prevented this new surge!
Vaccines and the COVID Surge in India Fact Check
Vaccines didn’t cause the COVID surge in India.
Not surprisingly, that hasn’t stopped some folks from using the tragedy in India to push misinformation and propaganda about vaccines.
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