Multiple social media posts have claimed that the chimpanzee adenovirus vector in the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine has caused monkeypox. We fact-checked and found the claim to be False.
A Twitter user wrote, “So after 2yrs, the rise in (monkeypox) cases is ‘puzzling scientists’. So none of these ‘experienced scientists’ even THOUGHT that by using a chimpanzee adenovirus in a brand new vaccine that already has over 1500 side effects, that it MAY cause a few other issues down the line??”.
A Facebook user claimed, “Monkey pox a year after they jabbed people with Monkey DNA…SEEMS LEGIT.”
A similar Facebook post is available here.
Did covid vaccine cause monkeypox?
It does not seem so. No published evidence confirms AstraZeneca covid vaccine caused monkeypox. AstraZeneca covid vaccine has a chimpanzee adenovirus vector, but it does not seem related to the monkeypox.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO) website, ‘monkeypox virus which belongs to the orthopoxvirus genus of the Poxviridae family’ causes monkeypox.
A (2021) research that discussed the AstraZeneca covid vaccine mechanism has shown the chimpanzee adenovirus vector does not cause infection but only instructs antigens within the human body to generate a response against the Covid virus.
In conclusion, there is no scientific evidence to prove the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine caused monkeypox. Hence, the claim remains false until proven otherwise.
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