The Evolving Definition of “Vaccine” in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary for 2021

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The popular online dictionary, Merriam-Webster.com, has had the same definition for “vaccine” for several years. Here is it until early to mid-January, 2021:

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By January 26, 2021 it was changed to include a section on “genetic material” and mRNA:

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Apparently that was not quite good enough to silence the critics who were claiming that the COVID-19 shots did not meet the definition of a “vaccine,” so it was changed again by June 1, 2021 to include examples of mRNA “vaccines” such as Moderna and Pfizer, “viral vector” vaccines such as J&J and AstraZeneca, and a completely new definition to cover some “vaccines” the military is working on: a preparation or immunotherapy that is used to stimulate the body’s immune response against noninfectious substances, agents, or diseases.

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I wonder what this “definition” of “vaccines” will be expanded to include next?

Noah Webster Jr. was the original founder of America’s most famous dictionary, and in 1831, George and Charles Merriam founded the company as G & C Merriam Co. In 1964, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. acquired Merriam-Webster, Inc. In 1996, Britannica was purchased by Jacob E. Safra, a Jewish Swiss-bank financier.

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