The latest released emails showed that the definition was modified because it didn’t fit the current situation with the C-19 vaccines.
The agency shared it on its official webpage on September 1.
In the past, the definition was “A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.”
And now, it was modified, “A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”
One CDC worker in August, right before the definition was modified, stated that it was used by “right-wing COVID-19 pandemic deniers … to argue that mRNA vaccines are not vaccines,” the newly-published emails.
The definition was modified and changed to say that the existing C-19 vaccines weren’t vaccines because they prevented severe illness, the CDC employee stated.
“The definition of vaccine we have posted is problematic, and people are using it to claim the COVID-19 vaccine is not a vaccine based on our own definition,” Alycia Downs, a health communication expert for the agency, stated.
Downs didn’t obtain any response, and she messaged them again one week after.
“The definition of vaccine we have posted is problematic, and people are using it to claim the COVID-19 vaccine is not a vaccine based on our own definition,”
Valerie Morelli is another CDC official who approved the change on September 1, even though it seems to differ greatly from the first definition.
“If this is for the general public, I am good with the change,” Morelli wrote.