CDC refusing to publish data collected on booster effectiveness; FDA expert begs, ‘tell the truth’

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly withholding a mountain of data concerning the impact of COVID, specifically booster shots in certain demographics, and some in the scientific community are calling them out, demanding the agency “tell the truth.”

The CDC, headed by Dr. Rochelle Walensky, published its first significant data on the effectiveness of boosters in adults younger than 65 two weeks ago. But it hasn’t shared results on those aged 18-49, who are coincidentally the least likely to benefit from getting boosted. The agency has also withheld information on child hospitalizations, scientists claim.

“Two full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected, several people familiar with the data said,”  The New York Times is reporting.

Kristen Nordlund, who is a spokeswoman for the CDC, claimed the agency has been slow to release the data “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.”

She asserted the CDC’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable,” and told the New York Times that they were concerned the data might be misinterpreted to show the vaccines were ineffective.

Nordlund went on to justify the CDC dragging its feet saying that they were reluctant to publish the data because it represents only 10 percent of the population of the United States. That’s 33 million people which is the same sample size the CDC has used to track influenza for years.

Scientists are incensed by the apparent delay tactics of the CDC. They are asserting that publishing the data goes hand in hand with educating the public about vaccines, pointing out that as more people are vaccinated, the percentage of vaccinated people who are infected or hospitalized would also rise. They are urging the agency to publish the information, according to the Daily Mail.

“Tell the truth, present the data,” Dr. Paul Offit, a vaccine expert and adviser to the Food and Drug Administration, demanded. “I have to believe that there is a way to explain these things so people can understand it.”

He also contended that since the CDC will not publish the data, American scientists are being forced to rely on Israeli data.

“There’s no reason that they should be better at collecting and putting forth data than we were,” Offit said. “The CDC is the principal epidemiological agency in this country, and so you would like to think the data came from them.”

“We have been begging for that sort of granularity of data for two years,” declared Jessica Malaty Rivera, who is an epidemiologist and part of the team that ran the COVID Tracking Project.

She bluntly claimed that there is no risk of the data being misinterpreted and insisted that it “builds public trust, and it paints a much clearer picture of what’s actually going on.”

“It gets really exhausting when you see the private sector working faster than the premier public health agency of the world,” she remarked.

Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, who is the chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’s Committee on Infectious Diseases, stated that she had requested from the CDC data on the proportion of children hospitalized for COVID who have other medical conditions.

“They’ve known this for over a year and a half, right, and they haven’t told us,” she commented. “I mean, you can’t find out anything from them.”

Others justify the blockage of data as being at least partially out of the control of the CDC.

“The CDC is a political organization as much as it is a public health organization,” Samuel Scarpino, who is the managing director of pathogen surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute, told the New York Times. “The steps that it takes to get something like this released are often well outside of the control of many of the scientists that work at the CDC.”

The CDC is also using the excuse that its computer systems are outdated, which many find hard to believe with the amount of money that is given to the agency. It recently received $1 billion which the agency claims will help it modernize its technology to process the data faster.

Dr. Marty Makary at Fox News is also stating that the problem goes much deeper.

“Hiding data on boosters in young people is only one piece of the political shell game the CDC plays. There are more than 150 studies supporting natural immunity, including a JAMA study recently published by my Hopkins team. Moreover, the observational clinical data are clear—natural immunity reduces the risk of mechanical ventilation and death in healthy people to nearly zero,” he noted.

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“The American people are just hungry for honesty. They want the data straight, not politically curated by a small group of like-minded scientists,” he continued.

“If I were advising President Joe Biden, I would tell him that the CDC needs to restore the public trust by making all CDC data available in real-time for researchers around the country to access and to study. It’s time we end secret data laboratories in the government,” Makary warned.

“The CDC has a pattern of hoarding data in order to cherry-pick the findings it likes and then publish them in its own journal, called MMWR. This is not how a respectable country should function during a pandemic. An optimal response to a national health emergency should warrant more data transparency, not less,” he concluded.


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