Read: what to do when data doesn't fit the narrative.
The New York Times reported that the CDC has chosen not to publish huge amounts of COVID data, instead keeping it secret, because it fears that the information would cause ‘vaccine hesitancy’ among the American public.
The report notes that the withheld data includes information on boosters, hospitalisations, wastewater analysis, as well as critical information on COVID infections and deaths broken down by age, race, and vaccination status.
The justification for holding the information back is said to be a fears that the data would be “misinterpreted” and lead to “vaccine hesitancy,” according to the report. In other words, it didn’t fit into the narrative that everyone must get vaccinated and boosted no matter who they are and what their situation is.
The NYT notes:
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 data has been withheld for more than a year, the report notes:
…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.
This comes the same week as Public Health Scotland announced it too will stop publishing data on Covid deaths and hospitalisations by vaccination status due to 'concerns the data is being wilfully misrepresented by anti-vaccination campaigners.' In reality the data showed overwhelmingly that those in hospital reportedly with Covid were fully vaccinated. Their data also pointed towards the shocking death rates caused by the Covid Vaccine. Solution: Remove all the data and accuse "Anti-vaxxers" for misrepresenting it.
The public health watchdog announced the change in policy last Wednesday in its most recent Covid-19 statistical report, saying the frequency and content of the data would be reviewed. The organisation said 'Instead, officials will focus on publishing more robust and complex vaccine effectiveness data.'
Significant concerns about the data being misused deliberately by anti-vaccination campaigners is behind the move, PHS officials told The Scotsman Newspaper, but in reality, those vilified did not falsify any of the data, merely circulated it. If the safety record of the vaccines wasn't clearly so awful then there would be no need for any campaigns to have the programme stopped.
Public Health Scotland have now commenced a campaign of disinformation around the data that they previously published, implying that the public were just too stupid to understand the numbers. Instead they will publish a different set of figures, ones that support the vaccine campaign whilst at the same time burying any reference to the huge death rate vaccines are stacking up.