Vaccine hesitancy in the U.S. remains very high due to confusion about how the Wuhan coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines are classified, their inherent immediate dangers and unevaluated potential long-term side effects. Some segments of the population are also naturally distrustful of experimental medications due to historic injustices.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the coronavirus vaccines circulating all over the United States are not actually “vaccines.” Instead, they are known as “experimental biologic agents,” or a form of gene therapy.
“The first vaccines they are offering us are not vaccines. They are gene therapy products,” said Dr. Christian Perrone, head of infectious disease at the Raymond Poincare University Hospital in Paris. “They … inject nucleic acids that will cause our own cells to produce elements of the virus.”
The vaccines that have been approved for use during the pandemic represent a departure from “traditional” vaccines that use a part of the virus in a way that is supposed to stimulate the immune system.