The Centers for Disease Control is not disclosing “large portions of Covid data” with the American public.
A report from the New York Times claims the CDC is withholding valuable information on the effectiveness of booster injections, hospitalizations from the virus, and wastewater analyses.
According to the article, the agency released data on booster shots two weeks for Americans under the age of 65 but omitted its findings for a huge segment of the US population: Those between the ages of 18 and 49.
“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,” reports the NY Times.
“We want better, faster data that can lead to decision making and actions at all levels of public health, that can help us eliminate the lag in data that has held us back,” said Dr. Daniel Jernigan, the agency’s deputy director for public health.
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.”
The condescension is palpable. The wheels are finally coming off. https://t.co/74ScUienhs
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) February 20, 2022
“The C.D.C. is a political organization as much as it is a public health organization,” said Samuel Scarpino, a senior researcher at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Pandemic Prevention Institute. “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 C.D.C.”