For two years the “experts” at the CDC and elsewhere in government and “scientific” communities have been schooling the little people, we ordinary citizens, about the “safety” and “efficacy” of the COVID-19 vaccines. Among these “experts” is CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
This past week, Walensky was asked how the CDC might have improved their response to the crisis. Much is being made of this interview in which Walensky spoke about how she and her colleagues expressed
too little caution and too much optimism…
about the vaccines, which caused them to rely too much on vaccines as the way out of the pandemic (to the exclusion of treatments, apparently).
This is how, in her flip manner, Walensky explains away the fact that CDC “experts”, among others in our government, rushed to assure the American people that the vaccines were “safe and effective,” without any evidence to back up that assertion, because these vaccines were given only emergency authorization. To this day, despite misinformation to the contrary, there are no fully FDA-approved vaccines available in this country.
The vaccines could not be given complete FDA approval because the gold standard for such approval–randomized controlled studies–were not completed. Such studies would have (potentially) provided evidence of safety and efficacy.
Lacking strong evidence of safety and efficacy, one might say, to put it kindly, the government was spreading “misinformation” as a result of their admittedly unfounded “optimism” and lack of “caution.”
Frightening to consider that Walensky blithely admits to a general atmosphere of recklessness at the CDC when dealing with other people’s lives.
In the interview, Walensky amazingly enough also claimed that at the CDC “nobody” talked about the efficacy of the vaccines possibly “waning.” Similarly, she said that “nobody” discussed the possibility that the vaccines might not work against “the next variant” or subsequent variants.
Given that even lay people know or can easily find out (e.g., from Wikipedia) that vaccine antibodies “wane” and that viruses mutate, many people are amazed at Walensky’s claims that “nobody” making CDC policy considered such issues before deciding that vaccines were the one and only solution to the pandemic.
Is she a dunce or is she gaslighting?
What may have been most alarming, and instructive, was her claim that she found out about the efficacy of the vaccine from … wait for it … CNN!
Yes, she learned about a vaccine’s “95% efficacy” from the “CNN feed.”
Wouldn’t you think (hope?) that the director of the CDC would get her news “in house” and not from cable television? Wouldn’t you hope she’d get the news before cable television did?
Is Walensky, like President Biden, just a figurehead?
Who really runs the CDC? The drug companies?
This is the list of “myths” about COVID vaccines that the CDC apparently still stands behind, considering that they’re linking to it to help citizens learn the types of “misinformation” that the Surgeon General now expects tech companies and citizens to report to the government!
An investigation into health misinformation on COVID-19 has been launched by U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Vivek Murthy.
“Misinformation has had a profound impact on COVID-19 and our response,” Murthy told CNN. “Studies have demonstrated that the vast majority of the American public either believes common myths about COVID-19 or thinks those myths might be true. And many of those include myths around the COVID-19 vaccine, so we’ve seen firsthand how misinformation is harming people’s health when it comes to COVID.”
These are survey questions that purport to list “falsehoods” or “myths” about COVID that many in the public believe to be true or can’t say whether they’re true or not. Among these “myths” are that
- The government is exaggerating the number of COVID-19 deaths
- Pregnant women should not get the vaccine
- Ivermectin is a safe and effective treatment for COVID-19
- The COVID-19 vaccines can change your DNA
Obviously, claims that these are definitely myths, as with claims that the vaccines are unequivocally safe and effective, cannot hold because of a lack of evidence. Nothing can unequivocally be stated as true, or false, without evidence for or against.
It recently came to light that the CDC has a trove of data that they have been suppressing, because these data apparently do not support their claims or policies.
The essence of science is trial and error: Testing hypotheses. Analyzing data, not suppressing it or failing to gather it in the first place. Making decisions based upon evidence, not “optimism” or a lack of “caution.” Not putting all your eggs in one basket. Not censoring evidence that contradicts your “optimism.” Not chilling dissent by siccing Big Tech on those who disagree with your data or policies.
The CDC is no longer a scientific institution, if it ever was. The CDC is a political institution. This story agrees:
If I were advising President Biden, I would tell him the CDC needs to restore public trust by making all its data available to researchers in real time. It’s time we end secret data laboratories in government.
The American people realize public health officials have been lying to them. A response to a national health emergency should warrant more data transparency, not less.
As for Surgeon General Murthy, is it even within his purview to issue “ultimate work-around” quasi-subpoenas to tech companies, ordering them to gather private information on citizens who merely express their free speech rights, so he can then “investigate” the results? To what end is he performing this investigation? By what authority? What will he do with his results?
By Murthy’s standards, We the People ought to be reporting Rochelle Walensky to the Surgeon General for spreading misinformation.
Vaccine efficacy can wane? Who knew?
Immune escape is a thing? Who knew?
Viruses can mutate and become resistant to antibodies? Who knew?
Vaccines can cause resistant variants to arise? Who knew?
How many people died because the CDC and our government put all their eggs in one basket–vaccines–ignoring potentially life-saving treatments? Similarly, how many people have suffered and may in the future suffer from taking unproven, untested, gene therapies, the full effects of which were not known when they were jabbed into arms, are not known today, and which may never be known?
Experts, dunces, or deliberate, corrupt gaslighters?
Only time will tell.
Time, and a change of congressional control, provided Congress then does right by We the People, something which is never a given with the Republican Party.