How new is the messenger RNA (mRNA) technology used in the creation of some COVID-19 vaccines?Updated: April 28th, 2021
A lot of people want to know more about the messenger RNA (mRNA) technology that’s being used in creating some of the COVID-19 vaccines.
As Dr. Uchechi Wosu, MD and author of Straight Talk From The Doctor, highlights in this video, there’s a lot of misinformation out there about mRNA, and one claim is that it took eight months for mRNA to be developed. This is definitely not the case, as Dr. Wosu explains, and in fact mRNA has been around for over 20 years.
Scientists have been working with mRNA vaccines for decades, and they’ve been researched for things like flu, Zika, rabies, and the common cytomegalovirus (CMV).
Another myth out there about mRNA is that it can change your DNA. That’s not true either, and the CDC has confirmed that mRNA vaccines do not affect or interact with your DNA in any way. You can read more about what the CDC says about mRNA vaccines here.
Dr Wosu is part of the Ad Council’s It’s Up To You campaign. View more facts at GetVaccineAnswers.org