Activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan cleared his view on COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy by saying that he is “not anti Vaccine per se” but he believes that it is irresponsible to “promote universal vaccination of experimental and untested vaccines”.The senior advocate took to Twitter on June 28 and shared a screenshot of a report of a woman’s death after taking the COVID-19 vaccine. “The government is not monitoring adverse events from vaccine nor releasing data,” he said.
"No one from govt has come to visit us or order an enquiry into my wife's death.I still curse myself for persuading my wife to take the vaccine.I thought it would save us from the virus, but it killed her".
The govt is not monitoring adverse events from vaccine nor releasing data pic.twitter.com/pcJv9cqUYW
— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) June 28, 2021
An hour later, Bhushan made another tweet saying a lot of people including his friends and family have accused him of promoting Vaccine hesitancy. “Let me clarify my position. I am not anti Vaccine per se. But I believe it is irresponsible to promote universal vaccination of experimental and untested vaccines especially to young and COVID-19 recovered,” he said.
He further said that healthy young people have “hardly any chance of serious effects or dying due to COVID-19”. They have a higher chance of dying due to vaccines, he said in a series of tweets.
The healthy young have hardly any chance of serious effects or dying due to covid. They have a higher chance of dying due to vaccines. The covid recovered have much better natural immunity, than the vaccine gives them. Vaccines may even compromise their acquired natural immunity.— Prashant Bhushan (@pbhushan1) June 28, 2021
“The COVID-19 recovered have much better natural immunity than the vaccine gives them. Vaccines may even compromise their acquired natural immunity,” Bhushan claimed.
“For the record, I have not taken, nor do I intend to take any COVID-19 Vaccine,” he added.
Bhushan’s remark came a day after Prime Minister Narendra Modi urged people to shed vaccine hesitancy, and cited his example and of his nearly 100-year-old mother, both of whom are now fully vaccinated, to ask them to trust science and scientists.
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