Vaccine misinformation drives netizens to search for ‘pure blood’

This does not prevent Internet users from speaking out for the creation of blood banks dedicated to people who have not received an injection, a request also received by doctors in North America.

“Like wildfire”

Recently, a New Zealand couple objected to life-saving surgery for their baby, fearing he would receive blood from a vaccinated donor. A court temporarily stripped them of custody of the child to allow the proceedings but the case has become iconic for anti-vaccine campaigners.

These cases “Spread like wildfire” on the Internet, “drawing attention to anti-vaccine conspiracy theories”, explains Katrine Wallace. In private groups on social media, advocates of this “pure blood” are calling for violence against caregivers who vaccinate – while claiming, falsely, that those who are immune are dying en masse.

An organization based in Zurich, Switzerland, Safe Blood Donation, even seeks to connect donors and unvaccinated recipients. The association, founded by a Swiss naturopath, George Della Pietra, promises on its site to obtain blood for its clients. It says it is 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 an official. of Safe Blood Donation, Clinton Ohlers.

“Appealing to people’s fears is unfortunately profitable”

An affirmation diametrically opposed to scientific knowledge. “Blood donations from people vaccinated against Covid-19 are safe for transfusion,” said Jessa Merrill of the American Red Cross. The components of the vaccine “do not end up in the bloodstream. »

“The ‘safe blood’ movement is 100% based on vaccine misinformation,” says epidemiologist Katrine Wallace. “And appealing to people’s fears is unfortunately profitable. »

The search for so-called “purity” is not limited to blood. On social networks, publications aim to find breast milk from non-vaccinated people, or even sperm – the “next Bitcoin”, predict conspirators. It is difficult to estimate the number of people seeking “unvaccinated” blood, but experts say finding it would be a challenge anyway in countries with high vaccination rates.

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