Disinfo: Bill Gates vaccination in India leaves 490,000 children paralysed

Summary

Indian doctors blame the Gates vaccination campaign for a devastating non-polio acute flaccid paralysis (NPAFP) epidemic that paralysed 490,000 children beyond expected rates between 2000 and 2017. In 2017, the Indian government rolled back Gates’ vaccine regime and asked Gates and his vaccine policies to leave India. NPAFP rates dropped precipitously.

Disproof

Recurring disinfo narrative about Bill Gates' interest in reducing global population through vaccination. See a similar case claiming that Bill Gates generated the coronavirus outbreak by founding both the creation of the virus and the vaccine. No evidence is given to support the claims. The Gates Foundation has supported a polio eradication programme in India through immunisation. The claim made in the article was denied by the Gates Foundation in an email sent to the Poynter Institute in the USA. In March 2014 the World Health Organisation declared Southest Asia, including India, a polio-free region, due to the vaccination. In an explicative note, WHO says it is possible to contract polio from a vaccine, but it is extremely rare, 1 in 2.7 million oral doses could result in vaccine-associated paralytic polio. As for India, between 2000 and 2017, there were 17 cases of vaccine-associated paralytic polio (cVDPV cases) – 15 cases in 2009 and 2 cases in 2010, as shown in a WHO data table. According to the German Fact-Checking-organisation Correctiv, the number of 496,000 children has no link to vaccine-based polio (VDPV). "The number 496,000 apparently refers to a study from August 2018, which deals with cases of paralysis without evidence of polio (Nonpolio Acute Flaccid Paralysis, NPAFP). Between 2000 and 2017, this was registered in 640,000 children in India. The scientists note that this figure is 491,000 cases higher than would normally be expected. They speculate whether there might be a correlation with oral polio vaccines, as NPAFP numbers have been decreasing again since 2012 - in parallel with a reduction in vaccinations ("correlation"). The authors ask whether polio vaccination might make people susceptible to other enteroviruses. However, more studies are needed to prove a causal relationship. The number 491,000 cannot simply be attributed to vaccinations."

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  • Reported in: Issue 200
  • DATE OF PUBLICATION: 18/04/2020
  • Outlet language(s) German
  • Countries and/or Regions discussed in the disinformation: India
  • Keywords: vaccination, Bill Gates
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