The National Primary Healthcare Development Agency, NPHCDA has debunked the viral magnet conspiracy theory, claiming that the COVID-19 vaccine creates a magnetic field around the vaccination site and can cause the body to light up an electric bulb, has no scientific backing.
Dr. Faisal Shuaib, the Executive Director of the agency displayed the trick used by the makers of the videos during the COVID-19 vaccine media briefing on Monday.
Dr. Shuaib used a magnet, moisturizing cream, electric bulb, coin, and a plasma ball for his experiment.
When the magnet and coin were placed at the vaccination site of a volunteer who had received his vaccination, it couldn’t stay attached to the body but when an external substance was applied, such as a moisturizer, the coin stayed stocked.
A similar demonstration was carried out with an electric bulb but the body couldn’t light it up, until after he stepped his leg on a plasma ball, which is an electricity generating device.
This demonstration seeks to prove that COVID -19 vaccine does not contain metal.
Dr. Shuaib said the makers of these videos were anti-vaccination, who make vulnerable people believe them and take the risk of avoiding COVID-19 shot while advising Nigerians to be wary of unproven information.
As of the time of filing this report, 2,495,632 people have been vaccinated with the first dose, while 1,370,130 have received their second dose of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine.
Nigeria has utilized 3.9M doses, representing 96% of the 4,024,000 doses of the vaccines received.
Country Representative, United Nations Children’s Fund, UNICEF Mr. Peter Hawkins applauded Nigeria for the progress made towards utilizing the 4 million doses of AstraZeneca describing it as the best in the African sub-region.
Source: Radio Nigeria