Montagnier died on 8 February 2022 at the American Hospital of Paris in Neuilly-sur-Seine, a western suburb of the capital, the area’s city hall said.
No other details have been released.
How likely is it that Luc Montagnier died of the Covid-19 vaccine? Highly unlikely since he had such strong objections to it.
How likely is it that Luc Montagnier died of/from Covid-19? There were 417 Covid-19 deaths on the day that he died.
France: Covid-19 statistics
On Feb. 8, Nobel Prize-winning French virologist Luc Montagnier died. News reports and obituaries did not give a cause of death for the 89-year-old, but nothing has come out to suggest that the death is suspicious or that foul play was involved.
Nevertheless, a recent Facebook post suggests that something untoward happened because Montagnier, who helped discover the virus that causes AIDS, made comments critical of the COVID-19 vaccine.
“Proof that HIV is in the jab,” the Feb. 15 post says. “Dr. Montagnier ‘died’ on Feb. 8th… 2 days after exposing this.” The post then points to a link to a TikTok video about the vaccine that claims “HIV is PROVEN to be inside of the Devil juice!”
Luc Montagnier (US: /ˌmɒntənˈjeɪ, ˌmoʊntɑːnˈjeɪ/; US: /mənˈ-/, French: [mɔ̃taɲje]; 18 August 1932 – 8 February 2022) was a French virologist and joint recipient, with Françoise Barré-Sinoussi and Harald zur Hausen, of the 2008 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). He worked as a researcher at the Pasteur Institute in Paris and as a full-time professor at Shanghai Jiao Tong University in China.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Montagnier promoted the conspiracy theory that SARS-CoV-2, the causative virus, was deliberately created and escaped from a laboratory. Such a claim has been rejected by other virologists. He has been criticised by other academics for using his Nobel prize status to “spread dangerous health messages outside his field of knowledge”.
On 28 June 2010, Montagnier spoke at the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Germany, “where 60 Nobel prize winners had gathered, along with 700 other scientists, to discuss the latest breakthroughs in medicine, chemistry and physics.” He “stunned his colleagues … when he presented a new method for detecting viral infections that bore close parallels to the basic tenets of homeopathy. Although fellow Nobel prize winners – who view homeopathy as quackery – were left openly shaking their heads, Montagnier’s comments were rapidly embraced by homeopaths eager for greater credibility. Cristal Sumner, of the British Homeopathic Association, said Montagnier’s work gave homeopathy ‘a true scientific ethos’.”
When asked by Canada’s CBC Marketplace program if his work was indeed a theoretical basis for homeopathy as homeopaths had claimed, Montagnier replied that one “cannot extrapolate it to the products used in homeopathy”.
Responses, criticisms, and interviews
The paper met with harsh criticism for not being peer-reviewed, and its claims unsubstantiated by modern mainstream conventions of physics and chemistry. No third party has replicated the findings as of March 2015. In response to Montagnier’s statement that the generally unfavorable response is due to the “non-understanding or misunderstanding of the breakthrough findings”, blogger Andy Lewis has written that he has found it difficult to assert what the paper “actually claims”, saying: “The paper … lacks any rigour. … important experimental steps are described dismissively in a sentence and little attempt is made to describe the detail of the work”. While homeopaths claim his research as support for homeopathy, many scientists have greeted it with scorn and harsh criticism.
In a 24 December 2010 Science magazine interview entitled “French Nobelist Escapes ‘Intellectual Terror’ to Pursue Radical Ideas in China”, he was questioned about his research and plans. In the interview he stated that Jacques Benveniste, whose controversial homeopathic work had been discredited, was “a modern Galileo“. When asked if he was not “worried that your colleagues will think you have drifted into pseudo-science”, he replied: “No, because it’s not pseudoscience. It’s not quackery. These are real phenomena which deserve further study.” He also mentioned that his applications for funding had been turned down and that he was leaving his home country to set up shop in China so he could escape what he called the “intellectual terror” which he claimed had prevented others from publishing their results. He stated that China’s Shanghai Jiao Tong University is more “open minded” to his research. There he was chairman of the editorial board of a new journal which published his research.
Montagnier was also questioned on his beliefs about homeopathy, to which he replied: “I can’t say that homeopathy is right in everything. What I can say now is that the high dilutions are right. High dilutions of something are not nothing. They are water structures which mimic the original molecules. We find that with DNA, we cannot work at the extremely high dilutions used in homeopathy; we cannot go further than a 10−18 dilution, or we lose the signal. But even at 10−18, you can calculate that there is not a single molecule of DNA left. And yet we detect a signal.”
In 2020, Montagnier argued that SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, was man-made in a laboratory and that it might have been the result of an attempt to create a vaccine for HIV/AIDS. His allegation came after the United States had launched a probe into whether the virus came from a laboratory. According to Montagnier, the “presence of elements of HIV and germ of malaria in the genome of coronavirus is highly suspect and the characteristics of the virus could not have arisen naturally.” Montagnier’s conclusions were rejected as hasty by the scientific community, considering the gene sequences are common among similar organisms. There is no evidence that SARS-CoV-2 was genetically engineered.