WHO admitted the vaccine can cause MS. Sad.
That's not what the WHO said...
CLAIM: The World Health Organization admitted that COVID-19 vaccines can lead to multiple sclerosis.
AP’S ASSESSMENT: False. A database on the WHO website includes an abstract for a conference presentation about research that examined two recent cases of MS. The research found there might be a potential link to COVID vaccines, but did not definitively conclude the shots triggered the neurological disease, according to the global health agency and multiple sclerosis experts. One of the research authors also stressed COVID infection carries a higher risk of triggering MS than the COVID vaccine.
THE FACTS: Social media users are sharing a post that suggests the WHO has found COVID vaccines can lead to multiple sclerosis.
Many are sharing a screenshot of recent research titled: “Covid-19 vaccination can induce multiple sclerosis via cross-reactive CD4+ T cells recognizing SARS-CoV-2 spike protein and myelin peptides.”
Julie Fiol, an associate vice president at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, agreed, stressing the research does not prove the coronavirus causes MS, as some claim online.
“To prove cause and effect, a different type of study (experimental) would need to be conducted, with very large numbers of people, from multiple locations,” she wrote in an email. “Cause and effect cannot be determined by an observational study (case report).”
Fiol also noted that the abstract’s introduction makes it clear that other research has found that the type of nervous system damage caused by MS occurs more often after COVID infection than after COVID vaccination.
She also noted that a study published last yearin the Journal of Neuroimmunology similarly looked at a small number of cases of MS that developed following a COVID shot.