False: The only "pure" humans remaining on Earth are the unvaccinated as COVID-19 vaccines alter a person's DNA.

By: Pallavi Sethi
February 3 2022

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COVID-19 vaccines do not alter your DNA. They protect you from severe disease and death.

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COVID-19 vaccines do not alter your DNA. They protect you from severe disease and death.Rick Wiles, a pastor and conspiracy theorist who frequently promotes vaccine misinformation, has claimed Earth's "only pure humans" are unvaccinated individuals. Wiles defines "pure humans" as those individuals whose DNA has not been altered by "man's science." He further states that the vaccines have "changed" people's DNAs. Wiles's claim that the current COVID-19 vaccines can alter a person's DNA is unfounded. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), mRNA vaccines "are not viral vaccines and do not interfere with human DNA." Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance, has also clarified that mRNA is different from DNA and cannot alter a person's genetic code. mRNA vaccines "teach our cells how to make a protein" to trigger an immune response, unlike other vaccines that put an inactivated virus into our bodies, explains the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). WHO also states that mRNA vaccine contains a "blueprint for producing antigens rather than the antigen itself." Both traditional and mRNA vaccines trigger an immune response by producing antibodies to fight the actual pathogen. Dr. Vladimir Jovanovic from the Clinical Centre of Montenegro has echoed Gavi's views, stating that "the materials that make up the coronavirus vaccine are based on ribonucleic acids (RNA), and when they enter the body, they do not penetrate the nucleus at all, so they do not have a chance of coming into contact with the hereditary material contained in it; therefore, we conclude that vaccination will not cause any harm to the body, especially in terms of changing the structure of the DNA chain." This is not the first time Wiles has advocated vaccine misinformation. After contracting COVID-19 in June 2021, Wiles called the vaccines a "mass death campaign."

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