The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revised its definition of vaccine and vaccination on one of its websites, saying the new definition is “more transparent” and cannot be misinterpreted.
“Although there have been small changes in the wording over time to the definition of ‘vaccine’ on the CDC’s website, these have not affected the overall definition,” a CDC spokesman told the Epoch Times via email.
“The previous definition of basic immunization | The CDC can be interpreted to mean that vaccines are 100% effective, which has never been the case for any vaccine, so the current definition is more transparent and also describes the ways in which vaccines can be administered. ”
From 2015 to 31 August 2021, a vaccine was defined as “a product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a particular disease, protect the person against that disease” and vaccination was “the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce immunity to a particular disease. “
Earlier versions of a vaccine definition also included “immunity” in its definition.
The new definition of the vaccine now reads: “A preparation used to stimulate the body’s immune response to disease”, while vaccination is “the act of introducing a vaccine into the body to produce protection against a particular disease.”
While supporters of the CDC’s revision say it is natural to revise the definition as science evolves, opponents say the changes have nothing to do with the development of science. Rather, the CDC is conducting the review in response to the current COVID-19 vaccines being less effective against the Delta variant.
Emmy-winning research reporter Sharyl Attkisson said the new definition was made to “meet the declining capacity of some of today’s ‘vaccines’, including the COVID-19 vaccine,” adding that “after the COVID-19 vaccines were introduced , and it was discovered that they do not necessarily ‘prevent disease’ or ‘grant immunity’, the CDC changed the definition of vaccines again to say that they are merely ‘producing protection’. “
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-Ky.) Took to Twitter about the CDC’s definition change and compared it to George Orwell’s “1984” and wrote, “They’ve been busy in the Ministry of Truth.”
– Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 8, 2021
The CDC did not respond to a request for comment prior to the press release.
The effectiveness of the vaccines in keeping people out of the hospital had dropped to between 75 percent and 95 percent, according to the CDC on August 30th. The National Board of Health said the largest drop occurred in the most vulnerable group, people older than 75. However, the vaccines are still effective against serious illness.
Several studies show that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines is declining. An ongoing study in the United States found that the effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines dropped to 66 percent from 91 percent after the Delta variant became dominant in the country. Another study said so-called breakthrough infections rose to 25 percent of all infections in Los Angeles County between May 1 and July 25.
Israel, with the highest vaccination rates around the world, will administer a fourth dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to its citizens after offering a third booster shot to people 12 and older in August. The country with a population of more than 9 million and with more than 5 million fully vaccinated is experiencing the fourth wave. More than 2.7 million Israelis have received the third dose since September 8.
The CDC’s updated definition of vaccine and vaccination is the same as in the Merriam-Webster dictionary, which earlier this year in February had revised the terms to include messenger RNA vaccines.
In January, Merriam-Webster still defined a vaccine as “a preparation of killed microorganisms, live attenuated organisms, or living completely virulent organisms administered to produce or artificially increase immunity to a particular disease.”
The “older” definition of vaccine can still be found in other online dictionaries, including Oxford Languages.
“It is also important to note that the changes to the definition of ‘vaccine’ do not change the fact that vaccines and vaccination action have prevented millions of diseases and saved countless lives,” the CDC spokesman said.