It intriguing how the CDC changed their definition of terms in the last week or so from:
“Vaccine: A product that stimulates a person’s immune system to produce immunity to a specific disease, protecting the person from that disease” (per the wayback machine) to
“Vaccine: A preparation that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against diseases.” (per the web site earlier today).
I am really curious about the timing of why at this specific time, did the CDC decide that the definition of vaccine needed to be changed.
To me it says: they are seeing more trouble with the vaccines than they are saying publicly and don’t want to be held to the old definition of what a vaccine is vs a therapeutic. It doesn’t matter from a usage standpoint, but it does from an accountability standpoint.
President Trump should order the FDA, CDC etc to begin administering any vaccines in production one month after Phase 3 trials begin to anyone who wishes to receive them. It would be breaking the rules, but I hope that Trump would consider ordering the CDC/FDA etc to allow the vaccines that are currently in Phase 3 trials to be administered prior to the completion of the trial, but after the first month when (IF) the trials shows they are safe during the first month. e.g. one month after the first phase of the 3rd trial, let people who want it, get it since they’ve already ordered tons of doses and they are manufacturing them now. There is really no downside since it would’ve been safely administered in phase 1, 2, and 3. I am sure there would be pushback from the bureaucracies, but it would be a smart thing to do even if it doesn’t fit the CDC/FDA etc. rules which were written for non-pandemic times. I am sure plenty of people would use such a move to attempt to hurt him for the election, but if the science said it was safe, it would make the political objections obvious. Most importantly it would help everyone if it was effective.