Onyema Ogbuagu, a Nigerian-born researcher and medical doctor has dispelled misconceptions concerning the COVID-19 vaccine noting that there is no conspiracy in the development of the vaccine.
Ogbuagu is an Associate Professor of medicine at Yale University. He is one of those leading the research at Pfizer for a COVID-19 vaccine in the United States.
Speaking concerning some misconceptions about the vaccine, in a series on Tweet on his official handle, he said misinformation about the pandemic may lead to loss of lives.
Read below the points highlighted in Ogbuagu’s series of Tweets:
Let’s dispel some rumors especially because misinformation about COVID-19 may and can cost lives. Enough already!
Vaccine efficacy results are real. They were not delayed to hurt or help any politician.
The Pfizer vaccine doesn’t contain the SARS CoV-2 virus or parts of it!
No nefarious or sinister plan to inject people with a labeling code. The mRNA vaccine is not integrated into recipient’s genome.
No fetal tissue is used for the mRNA vaccine.
And No!…researchers such as myself are not part of any conspiracies.
We just want to apply science to improve patient outcomes and even better, to prevent disease.
We can only work our way out of this pandemic through effective vaccines especially because it is difficult to achieve optimal mask-wearing and physical distancing to end the pandemic.
Think of how vaccines have made deadly diseases either go away (smallpox) or become relatively rare (such as measles).
When the “COVID” vaccine becomes available, let’s roll up our sleeves and let’s end this thing!
Another challenge would be the equitable distribution of vaccines.
High vs. low/middle-income countries, and even in developed nations, to ensure that vulnerable and underserved populations, disproportionally affected by the pandemic are proportionally reached!
Now is time for strategic distribution plans at global, national, and community level.