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The FDA Did Not Ban COVID-19 Vaccines

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25th April 2023
The FDA Did Not Ban COVID-19 Vaccines
FDA has authorized the use of updated, bivalent vaccines (Getty)

The Claim

The FDA banned COVID-19 vaccines. 

Emerging story

Some Twitter users recently claimed that the FDA banned COVID-19 vaccines.

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Misbar’s Analysis

Misbar investigated the circulating claim and found it to be selective.  

The FDA has recently withdrawn its emergency use authorization for the monovalent COVID vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna. However, this does not mean that the vaccines have been banned or are no longer approved. Instead, the FDA has authorized the use of updated, bivalent versions that account for new strains of the virus that have emerged.

Did the FDA Ban Covid Vaccines?

According to the statement released by the FDA, The FDA has amended the emergency use authorizations for the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines, simplifying the vaccination schedule for most individuals. The action authorizes the bivalent vaccines for all doses administered to individuals six months and older, including for an additional dose for certain populations. The monovalent vaccines are no longer authorized for use in the United States. Available data show that most of the U.S. population has antibodies to the virus that causes COVID-19. Eligibility for additional doses will depend on age and vaccination history, and decisions on future vaccination will be made after recommendations from the FDA advisory committee in June. The available data continue to demonstrate that vaccines prevent severe illness, hospitalization, and death.

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Photo description: Screenshot of the statement

Understanding How mRNA-based Vaccines Work

It is important to understand that COVID vaccines are based on messenger RNA (mRNA), a molecule that helps human cells to trigger an immune response to the virus. Unlike traditional vaccines, mRNA-based methods do not use a live virus and cannot give someone COVID.

mRNA vaccines are not a cure for COVID, nor are they a medicine. They are a preventative measure that helps the body fight off the virus by creating antibodies before an infection occurs.

Unfortunately, mRNA vaccines have been mistakenly associated with DNA, leading to false claims that they can alter a person's genetics. In fact, mRNA vaccines do not enter the nucleus of the cell where DNA is located, and they do not interact with the DNA in any way.

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