Thanks to theredelephants.com for alerting us to this change:
“Merriam-Webster dictionary has quietly changed the definition of the term ‘vaccine’ to include components of the COVID-19 mRNA injection. The definition of vaccine was specifically changed due to the COVID-19 injection.”
Read the full article here: https://theredelephants.com/merriam-webster-dictionary-quietly-changes-definition-of-vaccine-to-include-covid-19-mrna-injection/?fbclid=IwAR2G6rcpkwpvVG2PNyUN7zni5ng_Is5BHOhYAij9cP35FcNuOJ3d6wJ243Y
Further comment from EWR
Below is a screen shot of the current amended version (the old is also in the article above), and below here are current examples of the new mRNA variety used in sentences … and all of the articles are referring to current events with the roll out. This is very directly influencing the reader:
Words of the week then feature in the dictionary’s entry for 2020
You guessed it at the top of the list … the mRNA one produced by Pfizer:
The Words of the Week – 11/13/20
Some of the words that defined the week ending November 13, 2020
The good. The bad. The semantically vague.
Reports that Pfizer had developed a promising vaccine for the coronavirus caused an upswing in searches for that word.
On Monday, BioNTech and Pfizer announced that a vaccine for the coronavirus developed by Dr. Sahin and his team was more than 90 percent effective in preventing the disease among trial volunteers who had no evidence of having previously been infected.
— David Gelles, The New York Times, 10 Nov. 2020
Vaccine is define as “a preparation of killed microorganisms, living attenuated organisms, or living fully virulent organisms that is administered to produce or artificially increase immunity to a particular disease.” The word may be traced to the Latin vacca (meaning “cow”); the earliest vaccines, for smallpox, were developed from cowpox pustules.
Here is wikipedia’s take which simply includes the mRNA piece (ie they haven’t changed the definition, just included the new mRNA variety):
Main article: RNA vaccine
An mRNA vaccine (or RNA vaccine) is a novel type of vaccine which is composed of the nucleic acid RNA, packaged within a vector such as lipid nanoparticles. Among the COVID-19 vaccines are a number of RNA vaccines under development to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and some have received emergency use authorization in some countries. For example, the Pfizer and Moderna mRNA vaccines have emergency use authorization in the US.
Electroporation system for experimental “DNA vaccine” delivery
A number of innovative vaccines are also in development and in use:
- Dendritic cell vaccines combine dendritic cells with antigens in order to present the antigens to the body’s white blood cells, thus stimulating an immune reaction. These vaccines have shown some positive preliminary results for treating brain tumors  and are also tested in malignant melanoma.
- DNA vaccination – The proposed mechanism is the insertion and expression of viral or bacterial DNA in human or animal cells (enhanced by the use of electroporation), triggering immune system recognition. Some cells of the immune system that recognize the proteins expressed will mount an attack against these proteins and cells expressing them. Because these cells live for a very long time, if the pathogen that normally expresses these proteins is encountered at a later time, they will be attacked instantly by the immune system. One potential advantage of DNA vaccines is that they are very easy to produce and store.
- Recombinant vector – by combining the physiology of one micro-organism and the DNA of another, immunity can be created against diseases that have complex infection processes. An example is the RVSV-ZEBOV vaccine licensed to Merck that is being used in 2018 to combat ebola in Congo.
- T-cell receptor peptide vaccines are under development for several diseases using models of Valley Fever, stomatitis, and atopic dermatitis. These peptides have been shown to modulate cytokine production and improve cell-mediated immunity.
- Targeting of identified bacterial proteins that are involved in complement inhibition would neutralize the key bacterial virulence mechanism.
- The use of plasmids has been validated in preclinical studies as a protective vaccine strategy for cancer and infectious diseases. However, in human studies, this approach has failed to provide clinically relevant benefit. The overall efficacy of plasmid DNA immunization depends on increasing the plasmid’s immunogenicity while also correcting for factors involved in the specific activation of immune effector cells.
While most vaccines are created using inactivated or attenuated compounds from micro-organisms, synthetic vaccines are composed mainly or wholly of synthetic peptides, carbohydrates, or antigens.
Cambridge Dictionary has the original definition but does include examples of sentences using ‘experimental vaccine’ (all ‘safe’):
Examples of experimental vaccine
These words are often used together. You can go to the definition of experimental or the definition of vaccine. Or, see other combinations with vaccine. These examples are from corpora and from sources on the web. Any opinions in the examples do not represent the opinion of the Cambridge Dictionary editors or of Cambridge University Press or its licensors. None of the animals in the 2 experimentalvaccine groups exhibited any clinical symptoms. From the Cambridge English Corpus This method has been subsequently applied to serological diagnostic data obtained from an experimentalvaccine trial. From the Cambridge English Corpus It was put to us that, consequent upon that, cattle had been vaccinated with the experimental vaccine and that other cattle who were running with them had become infected. From the Hansard archive She was given an experimentalvaccine never before used on humans. From Wikipedia
So all in all, from this peek into definitions, quietly indeed, the definition in Merriam Webster has been changed to include the new experimental injection which some independent scientists and doctors are saying, is not a vaccine. For further independent info on that listen to this lecture.
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So… what else has been changed in the dictionaries? They are changing your perceptions.