CDC Confesses to Withholding COVID-19 Information

CDC Confesses to Withholding COVID-19 Information

( – Since the beginning of the pandemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been collecting data and tracing infections in an effort to give scientists what they needed to control the virus. Unfortunately, the agency now admits to partially withholding a slew of data, partially because the organization didn’t trust the public to understand the information properly. According to a report from the New York Times, the agency only shared a small portion of the data it collected over the last two years because it wasn’t “ready for prime time.”

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund said its first priority was to make sure the information was accurate, and there was fear of misinterpretation. However, CDC officials also cited system and bureaucratic reasons for withholding the data.

The data withheld allegedly included statistics on the efficacy of booster shots for adults aged 18 to 49. It showed the initial shots from Pfizer and Moderna, and the single shot from Johnson & Johnson were likely sufficient for the age group. Healthcare workers also had trouble gathering information from the CDC about pediatric sickness and hospitalizations.

Vaccine expert Dr. Paul Offit thinks the CDC could have found a way to explain the data in a way the public would understand. After all, how are scientists, healthcare professionals and primary care physicians supposed to make proper decisions and recommendations for patients without all the information?

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