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Fact-Check: Did French Virologist Say All Vaccinated People Will Die Within 2 Years?

A statement attributed to French virologist and Nobel laureate Luc Montagnier saying that all those who got the Covid vaccine will die in two years has gone viral on social media, leading to a sense of fright. A clip of Luc’s interview wherein he opposes the administration of vaccines during the pandemic is being circulated along with this statement.

“It’s unthinkable to vaccinate during a pandemic. They’re silent. It is the antibodies produced by the virus that enable the infection to become stronger. It is what we call antibody-dependent enhancement, which means antibodies favour a certain infection. It is clear that the new variants are created by antibody-mediated selection due to the vaccination,” he is seen telling a French interviewer in the clip.

People have been sharing the video with the caption stating that all those who received the Covid vaccine will die within 2 years.

However, the virologist did not say anything about people dying. Luc had spoken against the idea of vaccinating masses during the pandemic, terming it an unacceptable medical error. He had also said that antibody-dependent enhancement (ADE) will further complicate the situation, yet nowhere did he say that people who got themselves vaccinated for Covid-19 will die within two years.

This false statement attributed to him is clearly being spread by anti-vaxxers.

While Luc Montagnier, the joint recipient (along with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald Zur Hausen) of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV), is a veteran in his field; his views have often been criticised by his colleagues. Moreover, his Nobel Prize nomination gave rise to controversy as he was accused of theft and deception.

Luc has a history of issuing controversial statements.

Last year, he had stated that Covid was manufactured in a laboratory in Wuhan, China. This theory spread like wildfire despite not being validated by any authority.

On one occasion he had also said that a good immune system was enough to protect people against AIDS. According to French media, Luc is known to be anti-vaccination, pro-homoeopathy, and believes that “water has memory”.

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