Health authorities actually had to change the definition to accommodate the COVID shots and shut down the argument that, as experimental gene therapies, they may be riskier than traditional vaccines.
Meanwhile, based on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's definition of "gene therapy" they're clearly gene therapies, and both Moderna and BioNTech acknowledge this. Despite that, the notion that the COVID shots are a form of gene therapy is so risky for Big Pharma's bottom line,1 they're going to great lengths to make sure people don't think of them that way.1
Most recently, The Associated Press (AP) tried to debunk the idea that COVID shots are gene therapy, but as you'll see, they're either lying to protect the industry, or have gotten so inept they don't know how to do investigative journalism anymore. Either way, it doesn't reflect well on their credibility.
AP, at the end of December 2022, published a "fact check" titled "No, COVID-19 Vaccines Aren't Gene Therapy," in which they argued:22
"The COVID-19 vaccines do not change a person's genes, as gene therapy does … The shots from Pfizer and Moderna use messenger RNA, or mRNA, to instruct the body to create a protein from the coronavirus. The Johnson & Johnson vaccine, meanwhile, uses a modified adenovirus to trigger an immune response …
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