The CDC has been collecting data on hospitalizations for Covid-19 across the U.S. for over a year, breaking down the data by age, race, and vaccination status. Most of that data has not been made public.
Their report on the effectiveness of boosters in adults under 65 years of age, published two weeks ago, completely omitted all data for 18- to 49-year-olds, a massive gap in the report. . .
. . . the CDC had an excuse for holding back the data, often citing concerns that the information could be misinterpreted, as CDC spokesperson Kristen Nordlund told the Times. Information about breakthrough infections among vaccinated Americans gave rise to specific concerns that it could lead people to question the vaccines’ effectiveness. But withholding that data hasn’t prevented that problem.
The CDC is not alone in admitting to withholding data. The government of Scotland is doing something similar:
Public Health Scotland (PHS) is upset that critics are using its data to oppose Covid mandates and policies. PHS believes that the anti-vaxxers are seizing on the data to undermine its case for continued mandates. One official is quoted as saying that “[t]he case rates, hospitalization rates, the death rates are very simple statistics” and critics are misreading the data “inappropriately and sometimes willfully.” The solution? PHS will reportedly stop sharing the data with the public. It appears that it is not enough for companies like Twitter to ban critics from social media. Now, citizens will be protected not just from opposing views but information that will only confuse them.
Are “preventing confusion” and “avoiding misinterpretation” valid reasons to withhold the data?
My opinion is that decisions have to be data-based and the data has to be accessible to everyone.
I agree with candidate Biden on what is required:
“There has to be total transparency so scientists outside the government know exactly what is being approved. The context in which it’s being approved and why it’s being approved.”–Joe Biden, September 2020
Any questions about the vaccines became dangerous after Biden took office. Now we have president who tells the truth:
Most of the vaccinated people I know got Omicron, and they go it from other vaccinated people. I suspect that the data that the CDC is hiding probably shows that the vaccines are doing nothing to stop the spread.