‘Here’s the truth America’: Crenshaw challenges ‘game-changer’ CDC data in BIG way

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Republicans have claimed that the Biden administration’s decision to recommend indoor masking even for the vaccinated was predicated on a single rejected study from India pertaining to a particular vaccine that isn’t even in use in the U.S.

The legitimacy of the claim is unknown at this time.

On Wednesday, multiple congressional Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Texas Rep. Dan Crenshaw, shared the claim to Twitter.

Look:

Here’s what’s known …

One, earlier in the week, an anonymous administration official told Stat News that its so-called health “experts” don’t have studies/proof that fully vaccinated Americans are spreading the coronavirus and thus responsible for the current uptick.

“Rather, the official said, the updated guidance is based on studies showing that vaccinated people who contract the Delta variant have similarly high levels of virus in their airways, which suggested that they may be infectious to others. With other variants, vaccinated people had substantially lower levels of virus in their noses and throats compared to unvaccinated people,” according to Stat.

Second, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky admitted as much when announcing the policy change Tuesday.

“Walensky said recent studies had shown that those vaccinated individuals who do become infected with Covid have just as much viral load as the unvaccinated, making it possible for them to spread the virus to others,” according to NBC News.

“We’re seeing now that it’s actually possible if you’re a rare breakthrough infection that you can transmit further, which is the reason for the change,” she herself said.

Third, the CDC’s latest guidelines reference studies from India.

“Studies from India with vaccines not authorized for use in the United States have noted relatively high viral loads and larger cluster sizes associated with infections with Delta, regardless of vaccination status,” the guidelines state.

“These early data suggest that breakthrough Delta infections are transmissible. Unpublished data are consistent with this, and additional data collection and studies are underway to understand the level and duration of transmissibility from Delta vaccine breakthrough infections in the United States and other settings,” they add.

The first paragraph links to a footnote that links to a study at Research Square. However, the study appears to be “Under Review,” not rejected:

(Source: Research Square)

But according to Crenshaw, this wasn’t originally the case. In one of his tweets, he claimed that right before the CDC issued its latest guidance, “the study’s status was mysteriously changed — it no longer listed the study as ‘rejected after peer review.'”

“The site said it was a ‘glitch.’ Pretty convenient glitch to happen just before the study was used to justify a mask mandate,” he added.

Even if this is the case, there’s still a problem.

As noted by critics, it doesn’t make sense to issue a policy recommendation based on a study that’s still being “revised.”

Meanwhile, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, has dismissed the information pointed out by the likes of McCarthy and Crenshaw.

In fact, on Wednesday she called McCarthy a “moron” for the supposed crime of blindly believing the government’s narratives instead of thinking critically.

Apparently, she’s not into critical thinking. Who knew?

Vivek Saxena

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