India’s most famous yoga guru Baba Ramdev has now said he will be vaccinated with a Covid-19 vaccine after days of criticizing doctors and modern medicine and questioning vaccines.
Just last month, Ramdev, whose real name is Ram Kisan Yadav, claimed that he saw no need for vaccination because he had been practicing yoga and Ayurveda or traditional Indian medicine for decades.
Now, in addition to saying he will be vaccinated soon, Ramdev has urged others to make sure they receive both doses of a Covid-19 vaccine.
He said, “Get both doses of the vaccine and do yoga and Ayurveda. These two combined will offer such a strong protection that not a single person will die of Covid-19 in India. “
Ramdev, who has built an alternative medicine empire through the Patanjali brand, praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s announcement to provide free vaccines to all adults in India.
The yoga guru sparked controversy last month when he clashed with India’s health experts over his claims about Covid-19 and allopathy.
He had said that during the pandemic “hundreds of thousands of people died after taking allopathic drugs” and called modern medicine “stupid”.
Angry health professionals had asked the Indian government to take action against the yoga guru and prosecute him as a public health threat under pandemic emergency laws.
When asked about his confrontation with the medical community, he replied Thursday that he cannot be hostile to any organization.
He also praised the doctors and called them “God’s messengers”.
The yoga guru also said that allopathy is undoubtedly best for emergency treatment or surgery, but yoga and Ayurveda are effective for other “lifestyle, genetic and incurable” diseases.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA) had sharply criticized Ramdev for his statements on modern medicine and demanded that the yoga guru’s “misinformation campaign about vaccinations” must be stopped.
Ramdev apologized after Health Minister Harsh Vardhan asked him to withdraw his comments.
A video later surfaced in which the yoga guru can be heard saying, “Even your father cannot arrest me.” He reportedly responded to social media trends calling for his arrest.
The IMA has now written to the Indian Council of Medical Research to speak against Ramdev’s “unprovoked humiliating and biased remarks against modern medicine,” according to the ANI news agency.
Meanwhile, five Covid misinformation videos shared by Ramdev have been removed from Facebook after being flagged as part of an investigation published by The Independent.