Did scientists confirm link between Autism and COVID vaccines?!

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Did scientists just confirm a link between autism and COVID-19 vaccines?! Take a look at the viral claim, and find out what the facts really are!


Claim : Scientists Confirm Link Between Autism And COVID Vaccines!

People are sharing an article (archive) by The People’s Voice (formerly NewsPunch), which claimed or suggested that scientists just confirm a link between autism and COVID-19 vaccines!

Here is an excerpt of the long and (intentionally?) confusing article. Feel free to skip to the next section for the facts!

Scientists Confirm Link Between Autism and COVID Jabs

Scientists have confirmed the shocking link between taking the COVID-19 vaccine and developing Autism.

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Truth : Scientists Did Not Confirm Link Between Autism And COVID Vaccines!

This is yet another example of fake news created / promoted by The People’s Voice, and here are the reasons why…

Fact #1 : Scientists Did Not Confirm Any Link Between Autism + COVID Vaccines

Let me start by quickly pointing out no scientist has confirmed any link between autism and the COVID-19 vaccines.

In fact, The People’s Voice never actually provided any evidence to back up its claim, or provide the names of the scientists, or the study that apparently confirmed the link between autism and the COVID-19 vaccines.

Fact #2 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Contain Thimerosal / Mercury!

Let me start by pointing out that COVID-19 vaccines do not contain thimerosal or mercury! On top of that, most vaccines do not use thimerosal as a preservative.

In the United States, thimerosal – a mercury-based preservative was used in multi-dose medicines and vaccines. However, it was removed from most vaccines out of an abundance of caution in 1999, and all childhood vaccines in 2001.

Many vaccines which people claimed contained thimerosal, never used that preservative (CDC):

  • the mumps, measles, and rubella (MMR) vaccine never used thimerosal,
  • the chickenpox (varicella) vaccine never used thimerosal,
  • the inactivated polio vaccine never used thimerosal,
  • the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine never used thimerosal,
  • and of course – the COVID-19 vaccines never used thimerosal!

The only vaccine that currently uses thimerosal is the influenza (flu) vaccine in the multi-dose vial. The single-dose influenza vaccine does not use thimerosal as a preservative.

So why would anyone claim or suggest that thimerosal or mercury is still used in many vaccines???

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Fact #3 : Thimerosal Does Not Cause Autism

On top of that, both thimerosal and aluminium adjuvants were never linked to autism. Many thorough studies have concluded that thimerosal did not contribute to the development of autism.

Even after thimerosal was removed from almost all childhood vaccines, autism rates continued to increase – demonstrating that it has no bearing on the development of autism in children.

Fact #4 : Vaccines Do Not Cause Cell Damage Response

Cell Danger Response (CDR) is a (relatively) new hypothesis proposed by Professor Dr. Robert K. Naviaux, MD PhD – a professor of medicine, pediatrics and pathology at the University of California San Diego (UCSD).

From what I understand, Professor Naviaux first wrote about its metabolic features in August 2013, and conducted a small Phase 1/2 randomised clinical trial in 2015-2016, with some promising results.

As he explained in his autism research subset, the CDR hypothesis proposes that autism is a “treatable metabolic syndrome” that is caused by abnormalities in ATP (purinergic) signalling that can be caused by:

  • a mutant gene
  • environmental threats like air and water pollution, pesticides,
  • infections,
  • other early life stressors encountered during pregnancy, or in the first 2-3 years of life

Notably, Professor Naviaux never claimed or suggested that any vaccine was responsible for Cell Damage Response, or causing autism. So why would anyone suggest otherwise???

In fact, Professor Naviaux proposed treating autism with anti-purinergic therapy, which is why his 2017 clinical trial involved the use of an old anti-purinergic drug called suramin.

If he believed that vaccines cause Cell Damage Response, he would have advocated for a stop to childhood vaccines. He never did that, because vaccines do not cause CDR.

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Fact #5 : COVID-19 Vaccines Do Not Cause CDR / Autism

Just to be clear – COVID-19 vaccines do not cause Cell Danger Response (CDR), or autism.

In fact, the The People’s Voice article does not even offer any evidence that any COVID-19 vaccine has been linked to CDR or autism!

All it appears to do is just make that claim, and expect everyone to just believe them. Nuts!

Fact #6 : The People’s Voice Is Known For Fake News

The People’s Voice is the current name for NewsPunch, which possibly changed its name because its brand has been so thoroughly discredited after posting numerous shocking but fake stories.

Founded as Your News Wire in 2014, it was rebranded as NewsPunch in November 2018, before becoming The People’s Voice. A 2017 BuzzFeed report identified NewsPunch as the second-largest source of popular fake news on Facebook that year.

Its articles have been regularly debunked as fake news, so you should never share anything from NewsPunch / The People’s Voice.  Here are some of its fake stories that I fact checked earlier:

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