Compulsory vaccination – vaccination is not a gene therapy

“Next government trick of the worst kind!” Sentences like this are currently widely shared on social media such as Facebook or Telegram. For those who are skeptical of and opponents of the obligation to vaccinate, fuel is poured into the fire. Because it goes on: “The government is quietly trying to change the drug law and especially the part of the genetic engineering law in such a way that it no longer speaks against the compulsory obligation! This would be the necessary legal prerequisite to be able to introduce the compulsory obligation at all! Now you try to change that quietly and quietly so that it is compliant. “

And the liberal health spokesman Gerhard Kaniak says: “With the planned change to the Genetic Engineering Act there are a number of protective provisions for the use of gene therapies. The question arises whether the mRNA vaccines currently used against Covid-19 do not also fall under the previous definition and whether this is perhaps the reason for the planned change in the law Changes to the drug and genetic engineering law together with the Covid-19 Compulsory Vaccination Act next Monday, January 17th, on the agenda of the National Council’s Health Committee.

EU regulation from 2014

The Ministry of Health, however, vehemently denies any connection. The planned changes to the Drugs and Genetic Engineering Act are actually based on one EU regulation from 2014 (536/2014) on clinical trials with human medicines – and thus date from a time when there was no talk of a corona pandemic.

The changes to the Medicines Act and Genetic Engineering Act are therefore simply being made now because the ordinance will only come into force from February 2022. According to the Ministry of Health, if Austria had not acted in time, it would have risked EU infringement proceedings.

Specifically, the regulations for the approval, implementation and monitoring of clinical trials of medicinal products for humans will be specified throughout Europe in the future.

“This requires adjustments to the regulations on clinical trials in the Medicines Act, as well as individual related provisions in the Genetic Engineering Act,” it continues. According to this, clinical trials open up “rapid access to innovative drugs and are therefore important for health care, on the other hand they make a contribution to securing Austria as a research location”.

The protective provisions for clinical studies, for example of gene therapies that are used to treat serious hereditary diseases, are therefore not being abolished, but are being relocated. If they were previously regulated in part in the Genetic Engineering Act, they are now uniformly laid down in the Medicines Act and covered by the EU regulation on clinical studies, according to the ministry. This eliminates double regulations. “Through this legal harmonization, the regulations are mapped more clearly (in a law) and in conformity with European law, while all existing safety standards are maintained at the same time.”

“Purely formal in nature”

In addition, the control of the requirements by an ethics committee, “whose duties and broad composition are precisely prescribed from different specialist areas, are firmly anchored in the Drugs Act,” the ministry said.

According to the chairman of the bioethics commission at the Federal Chancellery, the lawyer Christiane Druml, the changes to the drug and genetic engineering law are of a purely formal and not substantive nature. The security standards remain, she says to the “Wiener Zeitung”.

Finally, the key point in this topic is that vaccination with an mRNA vaccine is not gene therapy. Because while the latter genes are specifically changed by the reassembly of DNA sequences in the test tube, the mRNA vaccines against Covid-19 have no influence on the genetic information. Rather, they provide the human body cells with a blueprint for virus proteins in order to stimulate the immune system to produce antibodies. In the case of the vaccines from Biontech / Pfizer or Moderna, for example, this is the spike protein from Sars-CoV-2, which is a foreign protein that is undesirable for the cell and is therefore transported to the cell surface after it has been built. This in turn stimulates the immune system to produce antibodies against Sars-CoV-2. The mRNA is not incorporated into human DNA (the carrier of genetic information), but is broken down by the cells.

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