by Arjun Walia, The Pulse:
- The Facts:
- Epidemiologist Tracy Beth Høeg, M.D., Ph.D and researcher Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H. have published a paper that includes anonymous testimonies from CDC officials about the lack of science taking place at the CDC when it comes to COVID-19.
- Many scientists are frustrated and embarrassed by the lack of science to support recommendations being made by the CDC.
- Reflect On:
- Have scientists working within government and regulation agencies hit a breaking point when it comes to faulty COVID science?
- Does censorship of these voices, and now their testimonies, reveal that ‘corruption’ is driving COVID policy?
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Late into the COVID pandemic, CDC officials are starting to speak up about the lack of data quality behind decision making.
When it comes to authorization of COVID vaccines for babies and young children, a CDC physician said that it “seems criminal that we put out the recommendation to give mRNA Covid vaccines to babies without good data. We really don’t know what the risks are yet. So why push it so hard?”
A high-level FDA official felt the same way, stating that the public “has no idea how bad this data really is. It would not pass muster for any other authorization.”
These sentiments were heard by Tracy Beth Høeg, M.D., Ph.D., consultant epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health, PM&R physician in Northern California and Marty Makary, M.D., M.P.H., a Johns Hopkins professor and public policy researcher.
They were allowed to publish this information as long as they promised to keep names of CDC officials off the record.
“Another CDC scientist told us: “I used to be proud to tell people I work at the CDC. Now I’m embarrassed.” Why are they embarrassed? In short, bad science. The longer answer: that the heads of their agencies are using weak or flawed data to make critically important public health decisions. That such decisions are being driven by what’s politically palatable to people in Washington or to the Biden administration. And that they have a myopic focus on one virus instead of overall health.”
Marty Makary M.D., M.P.H. and Tracy Beth Høeg M.D., Ph.D. U.S. Public Health Agencies Aren’t ‘Following the Science,’ Officials Say.
They expressed that doctors and scientists at the top levels of the NIH, FDA and CDC are “variously frustrated, exasperated and alarmed about the direction of the agencies to which they have devoted their careers.”
“It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch and I can’t close my eyes,” one senior FDA official told them. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.”
“That particular FDA doctor was referring to two recent developments inside the agency. First, how, with no solid clinical data, the agency authorized Covid vaccines for infants and toddlers, including those who already had Covid. And second, the fact that just months before, the FDA bypassed their external experts to authorize booster shots for young children.”
Marty Makary M.D., M.P.H. and Tracy Beth Høeg M.D., Ph.D.
An official at the FDA put it this way: “I can’t tell you how many people at the FDA have told me, ‘I don’t like any of this, but I just need to make it to my retirement.’”
Scientists within the CDC have been concerned about this type of corruption for quite some time, well before the rollout of COVID vaccines.
For example, in 2017 a group calling itself CDC Scientists Preserving Integrity, Diligence and Ethics in Research, or CDC SPIDER, put a list of complaints in a letter to the CDC Chief of Staff and provided a copy of the letter to the public watchdog organization U.S. Right to Know (USRTK). The members of the group elected to file the complaint anonymously for fear of retribution.
“It appears that our mission is being influenced and shaped by outside parties and rogue interests… and Congressional intent for our agency is being circumvented by some of our leaders. What concerns us most, is that it is becoming the norm and not the rare exception. Some senior management officials at CDC are clearly aware and even condone these behaviors. Others see it and turn the other way. Some staff are intimidated and pressed to do things they know are not right. We have representatives from across the agency that witness this unacceptable behaviour. It occurs at all levels and in all of our respective units. These questionable and unethical practices threaten to undermine our credibility and reputation as a trusted leader in public health.”
Beyond vaccines, Høeg and Makary’s article explains how children in school were forced to wear masks, despite the science showing they were useless. It also points out how government health authorities completely ignored the science behind natural immunity, and the tremendous harms that lockdowns caused. Not to mention the fact that they were practically useless for stopping the spread of COVID.