Twitter marks Gustavo Petro’s trill about vaccination and Delta variant as misleading

The controversy raised this Friday by a trill by Senator Gustavo Petro about the vaccination against covid-19 and the Delta variant of the virus, which is more contagious, reached the ears of the social network itself, which decided to mark that trill as misleading. .

Petro wrote: “Very bad news that implies a total change in health and economic policy. Vaccines are useless for the covid-delta virus, according to early research. It spreads faster. It is already in Colombia. The health debate must be revived “.

Statement that was immediately questioned by doctors and other health experts who insisted that all the vaccines that Colombia has today, undoubtedly help prevent hospitalization and death of Colombians who become infected, even if it is the Delta variant.

The social network also cataloged the message and marked it with the following phrase: This Tweet is misleading. Learn why health officials recommend a vaccine for most people. “

The social network also linked to the message a link that leads to information on vaccination against covid-19 that ensures that trials show that vaccines reduce the severity of the disease and its mortality.

“Scientists, doctors and health experts say that vaccines against covid-19 are almost 100% effective in preventing serious diseases and deaths, according to data from the first studies carried out. This includes vaccines with lower efficacy rates, reflecting how well the vaccine works in a controlled setting and does not take into account the vaccine’s ability to prevent serious disease. Experts in infectious diseases also recommend the vaccine against the virus to reduce the risks of infection and protect against the variants ”, it reads on the platform

Petro’s irresponsibility

While it is true that the Delta variant is present in Colombia and in 93 other countries around the world, and yes, it is more transmissible than other mutations of the disease, what is not true is that vaccines are not effective against it, like Petro said.

Publications in various scientific journals such as The Lancet and New England Journal of Medicine, as well as advertisements from the same pharmaceutical companies, assured that the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson vaccines, all in stock in the country, are still effective against the Delta variant. The Sinovac vaccine is the only one for which there is no accurate information on its effectiveness against the new mutation.

It did not take long for the head of the National Vaccination Plan of Colombia to warn that Petro’s comment is dangerous and incurs disinformation towards his more than four million followers on the social network.

“False! There is evidence from several countries that vaccines, while they may reduce their effectiveness, are still very good at preventing serious diseases during the Delta wave. Delta is mostly a pandemic in my vaccinated. It hurts to misinform. This is being irresponsible ”, explained Julián Fernández Niño, director of Epidemiology of the Ministry of Health. To illustrate his argument, the epidemiologist published diagrams that show such effectiveness in infections.

Trino by Julián Fernández Niño
Trino by Julián Fernández Niño

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