Ashutosh Sinha, a Samajwadi Party (SP) leader from Mirzapur on Saturday claimed that people are afraid that COVID-19 vaccine can cause impotency. His statement followed Samajwadi Party national president Akhilesh Yadav’s claims that COVID-19 vaccine is a ‘BJP vaccine’ and said he would not get vaccinated against COVID-19.
Sinha, 65, added that if Akhilesh Yadav has decided not to take the COVID-19 vaccine, then there has to be something serious as COVID-19 vaccine might contain something, which can cause harm.
Akhilesh Yadav on Sunday tweeted, “Vaccination for Covid-19 is a sensitive exercise and the BJP must not treat it as just another gala event or mega exhibition. The government must make all arrangements fool-proof and well in advance before starting this exercise as it involves human lives. There is no scope for making improvements once the vaccination is done. The Government should also announce the date from which the poor will be vaccinated.”
He also added that the inoculation programme under the BJP-led regime could not be trusted.
However, Drugs Controller General of India (DCGI) VG Somani on Sunday dispersed rumours surrounding the COVID-19 vaccines regarding impotency, and rubbished such speculations as ‘complete nonsense’.
Somani said that they would never approve anything if there was even the slightest safety concern. He assured people about the safety of the two COVID-19 vaccines by Bharat Biotech and Oxford-AstraZeneca as he gave the final approval for the shots. Somani made the formal announcement approving Serum Institute of India-manufactured Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and indigenously developed Covaxin of Bharat Biotech for restricted emergency use.