‘Why America doesn’t trust the CDC’

The following is an excerpt from an opinion piece in Newsweek, written by Dr. Marty Makary, professor, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.

People don’t trust the CDC. Here’s one example illustrating why.

Two weeks ago, with no outcomes data on Covid-19 booster shots for 5-to-11-year-olds, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) vigorously recommended the booster for all 24 million American children in that age group. The CDC cited a small Pfizer study of 140 children that showed boosters elevated their antibody levels—an outcome known to be transitory.

When that study concluded, a Pfizer spokesperson said it did not determine the efficacy of the booster in the 5-to-11-year-olds. But that didn’t matter to the CDC. Seemingly hoping for a different answer, the agency put the matter before its own kangaroo court of curated experts, the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP).

I listened to the meeting, and couldn’t believe what I heard. At times, the committee members sounded like a group of marketing executives. Dr. Beth Bell of the University of Washington said “what we really need to do is to be as consistent and clear and simple as possible,” pointing out that the committee needed “a consistent recommendation which is simple.”

The committee also debated how hard to push the booster recommendation, discussing whether the CDC should say that 5-to-11-year-olds “may” get a booster versus “should” get it.

Exhibiting classic medical paternalism, committee member Dr. Oliver Brooks of the Watts Healthcare Corporation said “I think may is confusing and may sow doubt,” adding “if we say should more people will get boosted versus may, then we may have more data that helps us really define where we’re going.” Dr. Brooks was essentially suggesting that boosting in this age group would be a clinical trial conducted without informed consent.

That doesn’t sound like following the science to me.

The committee promptly approved the booster for young children by an 11-1 vote, with one obstetrician abstaining because he missed some of the discussion.

The one dissenting vote came from Dr. Keipp Talbot of Vanderbilt University, who courageously said vaccines, while extremely effective, “are not without their potential side effects.” She questioned the sustainability of vaccinating the population every six months.

Many experts agree with her, but they don’t have a platform to speak.

In fact, nearly 40 percent of rural parents say their pediatricians do not recommend the primary vaccine series for children. Those pediatricians were not represented on the committee.

The Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) vaccine advisory committee, comprised of the nation’s top vaccine experts, have made similar public statements as Dr. Talbot.

But the committee was not involved in approving boosters for children.

The FDA actually bypassed it days prior—the third time over the last year that the FDA made sweeping and controversial authorizations without convening its vaccine experts.

Most remarkably, it didn’t seem to matter to the CDC that 75.2 percent of children under age 11 already have natural immunity, according to a CDC study that concluded in February. 

Natural immunity is certainly much more prevalent today, given the ubiquity of the Omicron variant since February.

CDC data from New York and California demonstrated that natural immunity was 2.8 times more effective in preventing hospitalization and 3.3 to 4.7 times more effective in preventing Covid infection compared to vaccination during the Delta wave.

Yet natural immunity has consistently and inexplicably been dismissed by the medical establishment.

If the CDC is curious as to why people aren’t listening to its recommendations, it should consider how it bypassed experts to put the matter before a Kangaroo court of like-minded loyalists. (Continued…)

Read full article here.

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11 thoughts on “‘Why America doesn’t trust the CDC’”

  1. To my knowledge none of my comments previously submitted have been published here. I’m trying again.

    The line from the dissenting voter on the panel that the jabs are extremely effective is UNTRUE. Their proven effectiveness is only to increase BIG PHARMA’s bottom line and are extremely dangerous, short and long term, to large numbers of those who without informed consent took them.

    Dr. Makary’s institution withdrew an article early on showing that the “flu” seemed to have disappeared while everybody whose diagnosis was listed during 2020 definitely had COVID – including those dead following a motorcycle accident! That was the result of the CDC changing how deaths were reported – another move to cover up the harm being brought to the public with their GENE THERAPY injections.

    Large health care systems have abandoned the public, refusing to treat COVID early in outpatient settings with effective medicines and mistreating hospitalized patients using the CDC’s recommended Remdesivir which results in a 50% mortality rate.

    Why can’t Dr. Makary just say that healthy children shouldn’t get the shots no matter what. They have an untreated recovery rate of nearly 100% and the results of giving them inoculations for COVID will surely bring death and maimiing to some among them. They are unnecessary for children. Many physicians and scientists – not Fauci types – have been begging that the shots not be given to anyone because of the vast harm already recorded.

    WAKE-UP AMERICA and the WORLD. No more COVID shots.

    1. To this day, far too many in powerful positions are diabolical to their core.

      The good doctor has been a candid purveyor of factual information and like many others was ignored or vilified by medical professionals, media, and of course politicians.


  2. And now the CDC has issued insane guidelines on how gays with monkeypox should engage in sex, e.g., staying six feet apart while masturbating, etc. Apparently, the CDC thinks it would be unthinkable to ask that people with monkeypox postpone sexual activity. When Covid came along, we were supposed to self-quarantine, to stay home from work, to stay out of restaurants, to stay away from sporting events, to stay out of church, to eliminate family Christmas gatherings, but deferring gay sex is apparently too much to ask.

  3. GEORGE fate Eady


  4. Why We– who aren’t tethered to the propaganda TV circuit–don’t trust the CDC? Because they have consistently 1) contradicted themselves 2) suppressed info re effective treatments that are not vaccine related 3) endorsed Tony Fauci’s (and cronies) false narratives 4) worked in tandem with a corrupted FDA 5) are in business to promote vaccines and own patents on various vaccines…etc.
    Anybody who trusts the CDC is exceptionally naive, ignorant, and unaware of history-business-politics, and Reality.

  5. This certainly sounds bad. As an outsider, my guess is that there is some truth to the idea that the CDC decision-making process was biased toward approving the shot for younger children. It’s a process that is controllable and definitive (you either have been vaccinated or you have not) as opposed to the clearly more murky world of natural immunity (murky in the sense that my guess is that people’s immune system response to infection is a lot more varied than their response to the vaccine). But I am not a medical person so my opinion isn’t worth much.
    It’s not hard to believe that there is some degree of groupthink going on.
    Here is a quote that I found from Dr. Makary from January, 2021: “I believe the vaccine is safe and strongly recommend that we vaccinate all Americans, but doing so is not a requirement to achieve herd immunity. Given that close to a third of all Americans and perhaps more have had COVID-19 infections, it’s possible that herd immunity is closer than we think.”
    So if Dr. Makary is right about the CDC, I guess his opinion should pull some weight on the safety of the vaccines. Somehow I doubt many readers of this newsletter will agree on that point.
    Makary also predicted that COVID-19 would be “mostly gone” by April, 2021. The reason, he wrote, would be “natural immunity combined with vaccines, which would protect enough Americans to nearly halt transmission of the virus”.
    I bring this up not to disparage Dr. Makary, but to point out that mistakes are made when dealing with medical conditions and especially with new medical conditions. Doctors are feeling their way through it. No one is going to be perfect.

    1. PDL, if you would like to learn more about the factors going into the decisions at the CDC, the NIH and other agencies, I strongly encourage you to read The Real Anthony Fauci by RFK, Jr., to read the substack accounts of Toby Rogers, Steve Kirsch, and A Midwestern Doctor (among others) and to sign up for Dr. Mercola’s free newsletter. Just read them for a while, without trying to prove or disprove what you find their. Make *them* prove what they say. The process is likely to be sobering, and eye-opening for you.

      all best,

  6. Hi Sharyl, Sharyl’s readers,
    Although this is not related to the story you’re reporting here, it is related to health and media. Just alerting you in case you’d like to investigate further:
    “A tracking tool installed on many hospitals’ websites has been collecting patients’ sensitive health information—including details about their medical conditions, prescriptions, and doctor’s appointments—and sending it to Facebook.”

    When my parent was hospitalized at a major hospital, it took a huge amount of effort for her family to get hold of her records. It’s astonishing they were giving this info about to FB.

    This certainly makes me wonder what else is being shared. All of these hospitals deserve to be exposed, fined and those whose info was shared remunerated (imo).


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