The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is not telling the whole story regarding the data that is being collected. They are withholding large portions of the COVID-19 information from the general population, especially what they know about the vaccine boosters. They are afraid that the information could be misinterpreted by poor ole Joe Public.
The CDC, our country’s most prominent public health agency, has just published a small sample of the total information that it has been collecting. This is even though we are two years into the pandemic, according to sources that spoke with The New York Times.
CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said that the reason for their slow release of information is because it is just not ready for “prime time.” She also said that it was the CDC’s priority to make sure that when they gather and release data, it is “accurate and actionable.” And then Nordlund admitted that they were concerned about how the public would interpret the data.
One of the areas of information that has been collected but not made public is how COVID-19 hospitalizations have been broken down by age, race, and vaccination status for the previous year. They have also not made public the level of effectiveness that comes from getting the booster shots.
The CDC did release information on the effectiveness of boosters for adults who are younger than 65-years-old several weeks ago. But the data did include the total numbers of adults between the ages of 18 and 49.
According to some sources, the information on the 18 to 49 groups shows that booster shots were less likely to benefit them. The truth is that two shots of either Moderna or Pfizer vaccines or even the one dose of Johnson & Johnson kept that age group well protected from the virus.
Another important piece of information that is not being reported by the CDC is regarding the presence of COVID in wastewater. Some states in America have been providing figures on this since the beginning of the pandemic. Experts believe that wastewater data can assist public health officials make predictions about the number of COVID-19 cases that could be on the horizon.
Dr. Daniel Jernigan, a CDC official, said that the COVID pandemic has put a spotlight on how outdated the agency is. This is also true for many state-level health systems that have been in place for a long time.
Because the CDC has not been providing sufficient information for some health professionals, they have resorted to using information that is being released by Israeli health experts.
Nicole Saphier, a radiologist and a Fox News contributor had this to say about the CDC withholding information: “The CDC’s response when questioned about their withholding of Covid data and lack of transparency is essentially ‘we don’t trust you to be able to understand the truth.’” She, then, said that their condescension was “palpable,” and the wheels of the agency were “coming off.”
Saphier said that America has been trusting the CDC for the last two years, but we are going to have our world turned upside down due to their lack of transparency and manipulation of information.
Marty Makary from Johns Hopkins wrote that people like him have been talking about the lack of information from the CDC for years, but now that The New York Times is writing about it, people will pay attention.
As this story gets to more and more people, it should create even more havoc within the White House administration. Apparently, the wheels are about to come off there as well.