According to newly released e-mails, the definition was altered because it didn’t suit the current situation with the COVID vaccines.
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The agency did this on its official webpage on September 1.
The definition was formerly, “A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease.” That definition now reads, “A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.”
One CDC employee in August, shortly before the definition was changed, said the definition was being used by “right-wing COVID-19 pandemic deniers … to argue that mRNA vaccines are not vaccines,” according to the newly-published emails.
The definition “was twisted to claim that the existing COVID-19 vaccines were not vaccines because they only prevented severe illness,” the CDC employee said.
“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, lead health communication specialist for the agency stated in a message to a colleague.
Downs didn’t get a response, so she messaged again the following week.
“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,” she wrote.
Valerie Morelli, another CDC official, approved the change on Sept. 1, even though it seems to differ greatly from a definition she had laid out in an earlier document (pdf).
“If this is for the general public, I am good with the change,” Morelli wrote.
Attorney Travis Miller obtained access to the e-mails, through a Freedom of Information Act request.