Twitter on Monday marked senior advocate Prashant Bhushan's tweets questioning the safety and efficacy of Covid-19 vaccines approved for emergency use in India as “misleading”. In a series of tweets, he has claimed that younger people have a higher chance of dying due to vaccines as compared to suffering severe complications or even death due to coronavirus.
“This Tweet is misleading. Find out why health officials consider Covid-19 vaccines safe for most people,” reads the disclaimer mentioned on Bhushan’s tweets this morning.
Earlier in the day, Bhushan had claimed through tweets, “A lot of people including friends & family have accused me 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&untested vaccines esp to young & Covid recovered.”
The 64-year-old advocate also mentioned that he himself has not taken a jab yet against the Covid-19 infection.
After facing backlash on Twitter by people for “spreading misinformation” on vaccine, he again tweeted, “I have been attacked by many for tweeting about my views on Covid vaccines. The piece below summarises my Vaccine skepticism & the reasons for this. Apart from the vaccines being untested & having serious adverse effects, I am shocked by attempts to censor such contrarian views.”
On Sunday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi had urged people on the day 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.
The Centre had earlier asked the states to check the spread of such misinformation and advised them to take penal action against those who are found to be involved in dissemination of wrong and ill-informed news.