During the pandemic, the CDC has diligently maintained a running tally of C-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths for the public to view. But, that information amounts to just a fraction of the data that the agency has collected.
New York Times’ latest report says that the CDC has collected much more detailed data about C-19 infections that break down by age, race, and vaccination status.
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The crucial information would go a long way towards figuring out an end to the pandemic, but the agency has suppressed the information from the public over fears that it would cause vaccine hesitancy.
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.”
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Within the data that the CDC has shared is detailed information about breakthrough cases, hospitalizations, and deaths, which the agency has been gathering since the pandemic outbreak and vaccine rollout.
So much for the bogus lie that the public health officials have been pushing for months, stating that the breakthrough infections weren’t being tracked at all.
The New York Times reported:
“Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the C.D.C., said the agency has been slow to release the different streams of data “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.” She said the agency’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.”
Another reason is fear that the information might be misinterpreted, Ms. Nordlund said.”
The performance of vaccines and boosters, particularly in younger adults, is among the most glaring omissions in data the C.D.C. has made public.
Last year, the agency repeatedly came under fire for not tracking so-called breakthrough infections in vaccinated Americans, and focusing only on individuals who became ill enough to be hospitalized or die. The agency presented that information as risk comparisons with unvaccinated adults, rather than provide timely snapshots of hospitalized patients stratified by age, sex, race and vaccination status.
But the C.D.C. has been routinely collecting information since the Covid vaccines were first rolled out last year, according to a federal official familiar with the effort. The agency has been reluctant to make those figures public, the official said, because they might be misinterpreted as the vaccines being ineffective.
Ms. Nordlund confirmed that as one of the reasons. Another reason, she said, is that the data represents only 10 percent of the population of the United States. But the C.D.C. has relied on the same level of sampling to track influenza for years.”
Why would the data about breakthrough infections cause vaccine hesitancy?