DAN Osborne has backed a dangerous Covid conspiracy claiming a third vaccine jab will spark a “zombie apocalypse”.
The ex-Towie star, 29, shared a video posted by an anti-vaxxer on Instagram that first spouted the wild claim on Monday.
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Dan Osborne shared a video posted by an anti-vaxxerCredit: Instagram
In the clip, Health Secretary Matt Hancock answered questions on This Morning about rolling out a third vaccine jab to give extra protection against two new Covid variants emerging in South Africa and Brazil.
He told the show: “There’s a new variant that the vaccine doesn’t work against. We know the vaccine works against the variant in this country … we’re also working on a new vaccine that we might have to roll out in the Autumn to give people a third dose that will deal with this problem.”
The original video was posted with the caption: “This is just something else. 3rd vaccine jab on its way??? Wow!! Welcome to the Zombie apocalypse..!!! It’s like a Hollywood blockbuster!!!”
Jacqueline Jossa’s husband then shared the clip with his 1.1million Instagram followers, writing: “Have you ever heard so much bulls**t in your life?
“How they’re getting away with this I have no idea”.
Dan asked ‘Have you ever heard so much bulls**t in your life?’
Health Secretary Matt Hancock raised the possibility of a third jab that would give added protection against new Covid variants
What are vaccine makers doing to tackle new variants?
Astrazeneca has said it aims to produce a “next generation” Covid vaccine especially suited to new mutations as soon as the autumn.
Mene Pangalos, a senior research chief at the British-Swedish firm, said Astrazeneca will start developing a new vaccine for the mutated strains and will look to make them public “as rapidly as possible”.
The AstraZeneca vaccine, developed by scientists at the University of Oxford, works against variants circulating in the UK now.
Pfizer is discussing a clinical trial for “a variant-specific vaccine” that’s a reconstructed version of its original vaccine, according to a press release in February.
This would be against the South African variant.
The company is also testing a “booster” shot of its vaccine on people who were fully vaccinated in trials to understand the safety of an extra dose and “immunity against circulating strains”.
Moderna was the first to produce a vaccine to target the South African variant in mid-February, which is to be trialled in the US.
The new vaccines being trialled could be eventually used as jabs on their own or act as booster shots.
Meanwhile, more than three million Brits have already received a second dose of a coronavirus vaccine.
And Government data shows over 30million Brits have now received a jab.
Ministers had promised bumper supply from mid-March would see record daily jabs in arms.
The jabs currently being rolled out from Pfizer and Oxford/AstraZeneca were designed to tackle the original coronavirus strain.
But while the vaccines do work against new variants, studies have shown they are less effective.
Specifically, the variants that evolved in South Africa and Brazil have mutations that allow them to dodge some immunity built from vaccine or prior infection.
More variants are expected to evolve in the future, prompting scientists to start work on tweaking the current jabs to ensure they can tackle future strains.
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