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World myths in check: sterile due to corona vaccination? Doctors clarify

19:05  28 january  2021
19:05  28 january  2021 Source:   bunte.de

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Almost two million Germans have been vaccinated against the coronavirus so far, and many more are longingly waiting for an appointment. Currently, the group of those who benefit from the potentially life-saving measure is rather small: people over 80, residents in old people's homes, staff in health and care professions, people with previous illnesses.

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Gradually the circle will expand. Federal Minister of Health Jens Spahn (CDU) has promised to "offer anyone who wants a vaccination" by summer 2021. The government has already bought more than 200 million vaccine doses from various manufacturers such as Biontech, Moderna, AstraZeneca and Curevac.

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These vaccination myths exist.

It is unclear how many Germans will actually take advantage of the vaccination offer in the end. At the moment, quite a few people are unsettled because they fear side effects or consequential damage from the vaccination.

Such worries are fueled by questionable representations on social networks. There users - consciously or unconsciously - scatter prejudices and false assertions that spread rapidly. For example, the fact that the vaccination interferes with the genome and gene changes occur - which, according to scientists, is excluded.

University Professor: Infertility due to corona vaccination is wrong

One of the most persistent myths about vaccination against SARS-CoV-2 is the warning , Corona vaccines could lead to infertility in women. It is claimed that the antibodies formed by the vaccination would not only work against the coronaviruses, but also against components of the placenta, specifically against the protein Synctin-1, and thus lead to infertility.

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But that was complete nonsense, as experts from the Jena University Hospital (UKJ) told FOCUS Online.

"This claim is wrong and the concern of young women is unfounded," says Professor Ekkehard Schleußner, Director of the Clinic for Obstetrics at the UKJ. "Neither from the previous experience with pregnant women suffering from Covid-19, nor from the perspective of placenta research, the claim can be substantiated."

Proteins cause confusion

Background: The vaccines currently approved in Europe consist of so-called mRNA. This stimulates our body cells to produce proteins that resemble the surface of coronaviruses (so-called spikes). Finally, immune cells are activated to produce specific antibodies against the coronaviruses.

The false claims about the alleged danger of infertility are usually based on the supposed similarity between the so-called spike protein of the coronavirus and the body's own protein called syncytin-1. In women of childbearing potential, Syncytin-1 is responsible for the formation of the placenta, which supplies the offspring in the uterus with nutrients.

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Infertile through vaccination - then a corona infection even more

The thesis is now: If the body builds an immune defense against the corona spike protein after a vaccination, this reaction also spreads to syncytin-1 and thus prevents it Formation of the placenta. From a medical point of view, however, this conclusion is inadmissible, confirms Professor Udo Markert, head of the placenta laboratory at Jena University Hospital.

In addition: If the vaccination would make you sterile, then a Covid 19 infection would have to be even more important. Because "in the event of an infection, the patient's antigen load due to the corona spike protein and thus also the potential antibody formation is significantly higher and also more incalculable than in the case of a vaccination," says Professor Schleußner. "Our previous experience with pregnant women suffering from corona does not confirm this."

And there is another point that can be used to refute the myth: For years, therapeutic antibodies against a certain protein have been used to treat various autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis or diabetes mellitus. This resembles the Synctin-1 protein of the placenta to 81 percent. Numerous experiments have shown that it practically does not bind to Synctin-1 and also "has no influence on normal placenta development," said the professor.

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