CDC Has Not Been Transparent With the American Public on COVID

CDC Has Not Been Transparent With the American Public on COVID

An article published this past weekend in The New York Times highlights a glaring problem with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and its policy recommendations related to the pandemic during the past two years. The problem has to do with lack of transparency regarding hospitalizations for COVID-19 and the effectiveness of vaccinations for the illness.1 2 The Times article, written by Apoorva Mandavilli, starts out:

For more than a year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has collected data on hospitalizations for Covid-19 in the United States and broken it down by age, race and vaccination status. But it has not made most of the information public. When the C.D.C. published the first significant data on the effectiveness of boosters in adults younger than 65 two weeks ago, it left out the numbers for a huge portion of that population: 18- to 49-year-olds…1 3

The article continues:

Two full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected, several people familiar with the data said.

The CDC has shared only a “tiny fraction” of its COVID data with the American public?

Former CDC Director Thinks Agency Should Let COVID Data Speak for Itself

According to CDC spokesperson, Kristen Nordlund, one of the reasons for the lack of data transparency is because “basically, at the end of the day, [the data is] not yet ready for prime time,” noting that the CDC’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.”1 In an interview with Fox News, former CDC director Robert Redfield, MD confirmed this view, saying…

One of the things is that CDC has a tendency to look at data and make sure that they believe that data is accurate. They call it curating the data. So very frequently the data is out of sync to be able to be in real-time to respond.4

But Dr. Redfield suggested that he disagreed with this practice. He said that he believes whatever data the CDC collects should “absolutely get out there in real-time.” He added:

I think the best thing for CDC to do is to tell the American public the truth and let the data there. I’m sure the American public is intelligent enough to understand the explanations. I know there’s a concern that they have that the data may somehow be misinterpreted to determine the efficacy of the vaccines, rather than just tell people the truth.4

CDC Reluctance to Track COVID “Breakthrough Cases” Due to Fear of Contributing to Vaccine Hesitancy

Nordlund reportedly said that another reason for the CDC’s hesitancy to be more transparent was due to fear that its data might be misinterpreted—that information about the number of fully vaccinated people “breakthrough” SARS-CoV-2 infections, for example, could lead to concerns about the effectiveness of the COVID shots.1 2

Epidemiologist Jessica Malaty Rivera, MS, who was a member of the team that ran The COVID Tracking Project,5 dismissed the CDC worries about incomplete data being misinterpreted. She said, “We are at a much greater risk of misinterpreting the data with data vacuums, than sharing the data with proper science, communication and caveats.”

During the past two years, the CDC has frequently been criticized for its COVID and COVID vaccine data collection practices, its mixed and confusing messaging and a growing perception that the agency has not been fully transparent with the American public regarding the pandemic.6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Perhaps one of the clearest examples of the CDC’s failure to provide timely and accurate COVID-related information is the agency’s inability or unwillingness to adequately track the number of cases in which fully vaccinated (and boosted) individuals have tested positive for SARS-CoV-2. Because of this, it is not known how many “breakthrough cases” there have been in the United States. Consequently, there is no way to know for sure how effective the COVID shots have been in preventing the spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and COVID illness.

This represents a huge and fundamental scientific knowledge gap underlying the primary tool the U.S. government has aggressively pushed on the American people to deal with COVID. But this is only part of the problem. That other part has to do with the lack of reliable information regarding the number of people in the U.S. who have been hospitalized with COVID.

In April 2021, the CDC arbitrarily decided to stop tracking coronavirus breakthrough cases so that it could focus on tracking only breakthrough cases that resulted in hospitalization or death. The assumption was that this major change in policy would allow the agency to more accurately gauge the number of vaccinated people being hospitalized for COVID and, by extension, the overall number of people hospitalized for the illness.12

CDC System for Tracking COVID Hospitalizations in Need of Overhaul

But it has recently come to light that the system the CDC has been using to count COVID hospitalizations is deeply flawed. According to an article in Politico on Feb. 7, 2021 titled “Biden officials trying to recalculate U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizations,” the U.S. government has established a task force to work with “hospitals nationwide to improve COVID-19 reporting.” The task force wants hospitals to report the number of patients who are hospitalized because they have COVID and separate those from the patients who are hospitalized for other reasons but test positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus after being admitted.17 18

As reported by The Vaccine Reaction earlier this month:

What this suggests is that, in the past, U.S. hospitals have been counting people hospitalized for reasons other than COVID as COVID patients if they happened to test positive for SARS-CoV-2 after admission. This would have the effect of increasing hospital COVID case counts, making the effects of COVID on U.S. hospitals appear worse than they actually were. Remember all those media reports about how overwhelmed hospitals were with COVID patients? It now appears that at least some of that reporting may have been inaccurate, even grossly inaccurate.18

So not only do we not know how effective the COVID shots have been in real-world circumstances, we do not know how many vaccinated (or unvaccinated) people have been hospitalized for COVID—which means that we really do not know how many people have actually died of COVID, in general. It is no wonder the CDC has consistently found it so difficult to be forthcoming.


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Click here to view References:

1 Mandavilli A. The C.D.C. Isn’t Publishing Large Portions of the Covid Data It Collects. The New York Times Feb. 20, 2022.
2 Rumpf S. CDC Under New Scrutiny For Collecting Wide Variety of Covid-Related Data But Publishing ‘Only a Tiny Fraction’. MSN Feb. 20, 2022.
3 Mandavilli A. Younger Americans Benefited Less From Booster Shots Than Older People. The New York Times Feb. 4, 2022.
4 Fox News. CDC reportedly published ‘tiny fraction’ of COVID data. Feb. 21, 2022.
5 The COVID Tracking Project. Mar. 7, 2021.
6 Abutaleb Y, Sun LH. How CDC data problems put the U.S. behind on the delta variant. The Washington Post Aug. 19, 2021.
7 Feldmann L. The trouble with transparency: How pandemic is challenging the CDC. The Christian Science Monitor Aug. 5, 2021.
8 Fox M. Analysis: CDC fails to publish data needed to judge risk of breakthrough infection CNN July 28, 2021.
9 Pollard MS, Davis LM. Decline in Trust in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention During the COVID-19 Pandemic. RAND 2021.
10 Simmons-Duffin  S. CDC is criticized for failing to communicate, promises to do better. NPR Jan. 7, 2022.
11 Vestal C, Ollove M. Local Health Officials Worry CDC Has ‘Lost Its Soul’. The Pew Charitable Trusts Sept. 25, 2020.
12 Cáceres M. CDC Intentionally Undercounting COVID-19 “Breakthrough Cases” in Vaccinated Persons. The Vaccine Reaction May 23, 2021.
13 CBSN. CDC Lacking Data on Breakthrough COVID-19 Infections. The Vaccine Reaction Sept. 6, 2021.
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CNVC. CDC Pressured to Track Breakthrough COVID Cases Among the Vaccinated. The Vaccine Reaction July 26, 2021.
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Miltimore J. What is the True Vaccine Breakthrough Rate? The CDC Doesn’t Want You to Know. The Vaccine Reaction Oct. 11, 2021.
16 Putka S. CDC Hasn’t Updated COVID Vax Breakthrough Data. MedPage Today Nov. 11, 2021.
17 Banco E. Biden officials trying to recalculate U.S. Covid-19 hospitalizationsPolitico Feb. 7, 2022.
18 Cáceres M. U.S. Hospitals May ‘Recalculate’ How They Report COVID Cases. The Vaccine Reaction Feb. 13, 2022.

Note: This commentary provides referenced information and perspective on a topic related to vaccine science, policy, law or ethics being discussed in public forums and by U.S. lawmakers.  The websites of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) provide information and perspective of federal agencies responsible for vaccine research, development, regulation and policymaking.

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29 Responses to "CDC Has Not Been Transparent With the American Public on COVID"

  1. Data Detective   February 21, 2022 at 8:42 pm

    CDC reports “All death involving COVID-19”
    Which is defined as
    “Death with confirmed or presumed COVID-19”

    Why didn’t CDC say ‘All death WITH COVID-19’ in the first place?

    The news don’t report the definitions.
    The news said COVID deaths.

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  2. Lisa   February 22, 2022 at 6:24 pm

    Meanwhile the hospitals and medical staff are shouting from the rooftops that they are overwhelmed with COVID patients and begging us to do more to curb the spread. I’m not sure anything is being oversold here. The percent of people who develop Long COVID is also a pretty big number, bound to eventually be a national crisis on its own. We need good numbers on how many develop chronic symptoms if they are vaccinated. It seems to be much fewer.

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  3. Danice Hertz   February 22, 2022 at 6:28 pm

    Is there some type of safety mechanism to not allow the FDA and CDC to alter their data prior to releasing it to the public?

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  4. Les   February 22, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    If the data was good after 2 years there should be no fear of allowing it to be accessed and used to prove the shot is safe and effective. Only if you are trying to “cook the books” would you withhold this info. That to me would increase the hesitancy they are trying to prevent.
    They can’t have it both ways.
    If you are transparent you have to be from the onset not only when it convenient for you to push your “whitewashed data”.
    This nonsense really makes you wonder what the alchemist are conjuring up now??

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  5. Celeste   February 22, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    Apoorva Mandavilli will soon be out of a job.

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  6. Graham Bockett   February 22, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    The reason for the failure in reporting, at least from the Hospitals’ perspective, is obvious. They get to receive as much as USD39,000 for every patient ‘tested positive” with COVID 19, regardless of whether the patient expressed any actual symptoms; needed any specialized treatment for relief from COVID-19, or even actually died from COVID 19.

    Given the known, but un-emphasised ineffectiveness of the PCR tests used, and the resulting enormous OVER-REPORTING of COVID-19 cases, it is obvious the public is being hoodwinked in the name of greed/profit.

    As an example, in New Zealand, since COVID hit the screen 2 years ago (two flu seasons) we have had (as at 18 Feb 22) 25,050 “cases” of COVID 19, and just 53 deaths! Compare this with the last published (NZ) figures for annual (2018) “influenza & pneumonia” deaths, of some 905 deaths – in just ONE year! Funny but we didn’t have any lockdowns or masking for 2018, 2019, or any of the preceding years!

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  7. Colorado   February 22, 2022 at 7:47 pm

    CHD Childrens Health Defense with RFK Jr, and NVIC group. Your absolutely best two resources out there. We have not trusted the CDC or the pharmaceutical industry in general for a very long time. There are many items we still appreciate about modern medicine but the ongoing ever growing list of product recalls gives anyone with a mind room for pause. Our children are unvaccinated and star students whom routinely test well above all their peers. Teachers ask what did we do differently…. I just say we eat organic, a non gmo diet, don’t load them up with sugar, and refused the entire vaccine program. They usually don’t know how to respond.

    FDC, CDC, policy for sale. These institutions have become marketing arms for big corps and can give a hoot about injuring or protecting the public. All they see is dollar signs in a revolving door of perverted quasi regulation alongside investment potential and future job opportunity. They’re the only ones buying their lies, aside from the truly mind controlled dullards still turning to syndicated news for all their current data.

    I could have told you what a disaster this coronavirus response was the moment CDC started driving public policy nationwide on how we should live think feel and behave towards our fellow Americans. In fact a large body of people just like me did exactly that. The censorship means nothing. These organizations credibility is in the trash can where it belongs. One of Trumps greatest failures was not appointing RFK Jr to form an independent vaccine safety institution with federal funding.

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    • Colorado   February 22, 2022 at 7:52 pm

      https://www.facebook.com/ThePoliticalArtOfDavidDees/photos/a.233913616777758/1952367978265638

      Really miss that guy, what a champion of clever and well thought out consumer disclosure. He did it all in strictly digital artistic formats too, without hardly ever even needing to use a caption. David Dees. Someone will rise to take his place soon. You know the problem with bureaucrats is they don’t have any imagination. Their ruses are so easy to see through. Lies damned lies and statistics.

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  8. Jessica Isles   February 22, 2022 at 8:04 pm

    By suggesting natural immunity didn’t exist, the CDC got millions of people who knew they had had Covid, and therefore had natural immunity, to get the vaccine. In addition, many people who didn’t know they had had Covid and by default had natural immunity, also got the shot. By doing this, the CDC could make the success of the vaccine look much much better because it included all those who already had natural immunity. It was a clever tactic to make the vaccine look more effective than it is. Imagine if everyone had been tested for natural immunity and only those who didn’t have it got the vaccine. I feel they would account for all the so called break through cases.

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  9. Ekim Bey   February 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    Wow! this isn’t a mystery not easily solved, the whole gang of MON$Y grabbers from Fauci, FDA CDC DOJ 1600 Penn Ave resident and all who are being handsomely rewarded from the worlds most HORRIFIC “PLANNED DEMIC” in human history. Yes the virus is real BUT, so many lives could have been saved pre-planned DEMIC. They stopped letting doctors be doctors cancelling those who where ahead of the game on curing before the emergency use debacle. I believe it’s at the 3rd and 4th booster of what OBVIOUSLY NOT WORKING. Masking the least vulnerable of all OUR CHILDREN. Nuremberg trails 2.0 is what should happen to ALL those responsible. They are not just hiding facts, but REAL numbers of how many have actually died unnecessarily, and those whom have been injured permanently.

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    • Peace   February 23, 2022 at 9:50 pm

      I agree with you Covid virus is real, but I don’t have deep faith in cdc, news media and those who are part of the Big Pharma team. CDC has been doing a very good job misleading the American public. Evidently Covid vaccine DIDN’T succeed, I’m sure cdc knows that but hasn’t been very straightforward. I never trust the science of vaccines.

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  10. Tom   February 22, 2022 at 8:34 pm

    They never have in their entire history. They only exist from fake pandemic to fake pandemic and serve no useful purpose.

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  11. Vijay Gupta   February 22, 2022 at 10:02 pm

    The CDC is quick to release data that makes vaccines look good. It is slow (or unable) to release data that makes vaccines look bad. They were quick to use phrases like “pandemic of the unvaccinated” in the early stage when vaccines appeared more effective than they really were. But now that the vaccines don’t look so effective, they have conveniently become too busy curating the data to release it.

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  12. Marene Mayer   February 22, 2022 at 10:45 pm

    The News Media just Reports……..what they are Told to Report. They don’t know any better. And even if they did their Independent Research……and found different- they couldn’t say anything on Air. I don’t feel any reports on the True number of deaths from Covid or Variant are accurate.
    The DHHS is?????? And now we have a New Variant…..lets see what is reported on that. Don’t hold your breath on the Truth from Fed. Agencies. Do, what needs to be done……wear your Masks indoors even if you are fully vaccinated……for awhile. Now a 4th Shot may be necessary. How many more Shots will it take???? Wishing everyone Well & Health.

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  13. Shaun   February 22, 2022 at 11:48 pm

    This is news? Seriously?

    Those who are intelligent and discerning have known of, and seen straight through the lies, mis-directions, omissions, sleight-of-hand, distortions, mis-definitions, deletions, miscalculations and downright “statistical/ data-driven/ scientific” shenanigans going on behind the CDC/ NIH/ WHO/ Fauci curtain for the whole of this “pandemic”.

    Nothing new to see or learn here.

    And the fact that there will never be any accountability or consequences for those who have perpetrated and weaponized these lies against the peoples of the world is also nothing new.

    As the light continues to be shined on their misdeeds, these so-called “experts and authorities” will scurry like cockroaches behind the fridge, just like the so-called “experts and authorities” did at 00:00:01 on January 1, 2000.

    Anyone remember the worldwide scam that was Y2K? Same principles at work here….

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  14. Lisa   February 23, 2022 at 10:02 am

    I would like to believe people in charge are keeping accurate numbers but I am not sure. My 10 year old son was hospitalized for a abscessed tooth but tested positive on a PCR test. He was fully vaccinated and thought to have had covid in December. We could not find a test. After released from the hospital I received a call from the health department about his hospitalization from covid. I informed them it was an hospitalization for an abscessed tooth and he just happened to test positive before surgery and he is fine. I am not sure if his status was corrected. It was determined he could go back to school because he was fully vaccinated and not showing covid symptoms. Did covid cause the problems with the tooth? I was told it did not. Who knows. At the end of the day I can only hope this was all done with the honesty and best interest of saving lives. If it was not then we have a more serious problem as a society than covid.

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  15. Joanc   February 23, 2022 at 10:34 am

    Anyone remember seeing the movie from the 1960’s “The Day the Earth Stood Still”? Scared me right out of my PF Flyers; that’s old school for sneakers or trainers, made by Keds. What if the hard working people around this world just stopped for one agreed upon day? No need to subject ourselves to mercenary thugs sent by Mr. Global who knock over grandma and drag teenagers over concrete. Stay home, have a cup of coffee or tea or a pint with neighbors. The Ghandi way. Dance in your street or balcony to ” Going to the GoGo”; that’s old school too. Mr. Global can’t dance.

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    • Jello   March 2, 2022 at 11:40 pm

      Love it! And totally agree. Thanks for posting.

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  16. FewThereBe   February 23, 2022 at 2:18 pm

    The jabs never had anything to do with health. It is about a mandatory digital ID. This entire jab system is the setup for the mark-of-the-beast system; as outlined in the Bible (the only real truth we have). It’s coming…better to follow Jesus. The only way Jesus gave us to escape this prison matrix world is given in Matt 7:13-14 (“sinner’s prayers” are not true). God bless.

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  17. Fowell the $   February 24, 2022 at 8:09 pm

    This is what happens when the agency collect data is payed to promote a product .

    Data selecting.
    Only published data that supports your promotion.

    You can’t trust anyone.

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  18. Data Detective   February 25, 2022 at 5:44 am

    I thought CDC don’t report break threw vaccine failures because their is know national data bace that know everyone that has been 💉.
    And vaccine status could be unknown.

    I offen ask “of all hospitalized in August and September 2021 regardless of symptoms what ratio have received at least 1 COVID vaccine”

    No one ever reply.
    No one that supports vaccine mandates could find out.

    Does the hospital know if a pacent has been 💉 in another county?

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  19. Gene Adaway   February 25, 2022 at 8:34 am

    The Digital ID has always been their holy grail. When they created separate databases for financial, medical, and criminal; are we supposed to be surprised they had an epiphany? We can combine everything, for your convenience?

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  20. Brian James   February 25, 2022 at 12:03 pm

    February 6th, 2022 DOCTOR EXPLAINS WHAT EACH DOSE OF THE COVID MRNA JAB DOES TO THE BODY

    https://www.bitchute.com/video/IVs0W75xk33O/

    WHAT IS THE CDC FOUNDATION?
    Established by Congress, the CDC Foundation helps the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention do more, faster, by forging effective partnerships between CDC and corporations, foundations, organizations and individuals to fight threats to health and safety. The CDC Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

    https://www.cdcfoundation.org/public-private-partnership-guidelines

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  21. GrandmaPeg86   February 25, 2022 at 12:22 pm

    To Colorado..just fyi..I y hi Karen you missed the final report of the appointing RFK,Jr. to oversea a department..be the head of, a Federal agency in charge of the many aspects of vaccine safety especially for children. He was offered tha position but Rfkjr.’s reply was..an emphatic..I WILL NOT WORK WITH ..THAT MAN..,!,! He meant Trump of course. So it was totally up to Kennedy and he wouldn’t step up to take it. Btw..I also ‘love’ the Kennedy Reports and the organization he has carried for so long but his blue blood politics git in the way of public assistance. But of course, he’d have to take orders from a man he…didn’t want to be associated with. And I also am a Trump voter. Consequently, we have tge Federal health agencies running their own show of obvious collusion with big pharma. Sad ..sad..for all of us.

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  22. GrandmaPeg86   February 25, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Edit needed to above post of mine..GrandmaPeg86…there appears the I y hi Karen…and I didn’t wrote that I assume it was a spell check attack again….

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  23. Data Detective   February 26, 2022 at 4:49 am

    The data is constantly changing and the reports disagree.

    I herd report from 0% to 98% efficient.

    ???

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  24. keiko leonard   February 26, 2022 at 2:07 pm

    I would like to see more re: MODERNA patent on the actual virus (2016). I have seen the paper published that shows the delineation of the virus & furin cleavage sites but there doesn’t seem to be much info circulating. This information is vital & should be universally known regardless of our media. Our federal government alone can initiate charges into vaccine injury. Collusion

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  25. Fowell the $   February 26, 2022 at 2:10 pm

    Fake news!
    Mis information.!
    Is anyone telling the truth?
    Does anyone know the truth?

    CDC =
    Count Data Collected.

    The CDC should not make recommendation or promote a product.
    All they should do is Collect Data and report.

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  26. Pearl   March 8, 2022 at 1:32 am

    Hospitals do not ask if you have been vaccinated. It is not documented by the hospital. It seemed to be documented by the doctors office.

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