More and more opponents of vaccination are looking for “pure blood”

The case caused a stir in New Zealand in December: an anti-vaccination couple who resisted surgery to save their baby lost several the guard. The parents refused to transfuse him with blood from Covid-19 vaccinated donors over fears he would be “contaminated” by… the vaccine.

disinformation

Like this couple, the so-called “pure-blood” movement is gaining momentum as misinformation about Covid-19 spreads. He is spreading conspiracy theories that receiving transfusions from people vaccinated against Covid will ‘contaminate’ the blood.

In New Zealand, but also in the USA, France and Switzerland, opponents of vaccination are trying to organize so as not to be confronted with the vaccine.

However, these theories are not based on “any scientific evidence,” says Katrine Wallace, an epidemiologist at the University of Illinois at Chicago:

If you donate the blood of a vaccinated person to an unvaccinated person, the person receiving the transfusion will not be vaccinated

Katrine Wallace

That doesn’t stop netizens from lobbying for the establishment of blood banks for people who haven’t received an injection, a call also received from doctors in North America.

The New Zealand couple’s case has become iconic for anti-vaccination groups. These cases “spread like wildfire” across the internet and “draw attention to anti-vaccination conspiracy theories,” explains Katrine Wallace.

calls for violence

In private groups on social networks, defenders of this “pure blood” are calling for violence against vaccinating nurses – wrongly convinced that the vaccinated are dying en masse.

For example, pictures posted to one of these groups show a nurse holding a syringe in the middle of a field strewn with skulls.

An organization based in Zurich (Switzerland), the “Safe Blood Donation”, even tries to match donors and unvaccinated recipients. The association, founded by a Swiss naturopath, George Della Pietra, promises to procure blood for its clients. It is said to be present in Western Europe, North America, Africa and Asia.

“Many scientists and doctors have many concerns about Covid vaccines and are also convinced that they enter the body through the blood, in a roundabout way one might say, and stay there,” says a Safe Blood Donation official, Clinton Ohlers.

A claim diametrically opposed to scientific knowledge:

Blood donations from people who have been vaccinated against Covid-19 are safe for transfusions

Jessa Merrill, American Red Cross

The components of the vaccine “do not enter the bloodstream,” she adds.

Participation fee of 50 € and subscription

According to the website, members of Safe Blood Donation must pay an entry fee of 50 euros and then an annual fee of 20 euros.

“The ‘Safe Blood’ movement is 100% based on misinformation about vaccines,” says epidemiologist Katrine Wallace. “And appealing to people’s fears is unfortunately profitable. »

The search for so-called “purity” is not limited to blood: publications on social networks are aimed at finding breast milk from unvaccinated people or even sperm – the “next Bitcoin”, predict conspirators.

It’s difficult to estimate the number of people looking for “unvaccinated” blood, but experts say in countries with high vaccination rates, finding it would be a challenge anyway.

In the United States, where more than 80% of the population has received at least one dose, health officials say they do not ask donors to have their immunization status tested.

Hospitals cannot share this information with patients when it comes to donating blood.

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