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Nation’s Top Health Agencies Reportedly Experiencing Massive Exodus of Staff Due to Decisions Based on ‘Bad Science’

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Vast numbers of employees at the nation’s top health agencies are quitting their jobs because the heads of those agencies are making major public health decisions based on “bad science,” reported Drs. Marty Makary and Tracy Beth Hoeg Thursday at Common Sense, the Substack column of Bari Weiss.

Makary, a Johns Hopkins professor and public policy researcher, and Hoeg, a consultant epidemiologist with the Florida Department of Health, say doctors and scientists at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are describing a mass exodus of staff due to frustration, alarm, embarrassment, and fear over decisions made by leadership throughout the COVID pandemic.

“It’s like a horror movie I’m being forced to watch and I can’t close my eyes,” one senior FDA official bemoaned. “People are getting bad advice and we can’t say anything.”

“There’s been a large amount of turnover,” a CDC official told the authors. “Morale is low. Things have become so political, so what are we there for?” 

Yet another CDC scientist told Makary and Hoeg, “I used to be proud to tell people I work at the CDC. Now I’m embarrassed.”

Perhaps the greatest area of concern for doctors and scientists at the health agencies is the decision-making about COVID that has affected children.

Makary and Hoeg report:

First, they demanded that young children be masked in schools. On this score, the agencies were wrong. Compelling studies later found schools that masked children had no different rates of transmission. And for social and linguistic development, children need to see the faces of others. 

Next came school closures. The agencies were wrong—and catastrophically so. Poor and minority children suffered learning loss with an 11-point drop in math scores alone and a 20% drop in math pass rates. There are dozens of statistics of this kind.

The agencies were “wrong again” when they chose to ignore natural immunity, the authors note.

“The vast majority of children have already had Covid, but this has made no difference in the blanket mandates for childhood vaccines,” they assert. “And now, by mandating vaccines and boosters for young healthy people, with no strong supporting data, these agencies are only further eroding public trust.”

The topic of natural immunity is apparently off-limits at national health agencies, according to the doctors and scientists who confided in Makary and Hoeg.

The CDC itself reported that, as of February, 75 percent of the children in the U.S. had already been exposed to COVID and had natural immunity.

“It could easily be over 90% of children today given how ubiquitous Omicron has been since then,” the authors note.

Additionally, CDC discovered that natural immunity is superior to immunity from vaccines.

“Many countries have long credited natural immunity towards vaccine mandates,” Makary and Hoeg observe. “But not the U.S.”

Further support for the superiority of natural immunity appears in a preprint article published last week at MedRxiv.

Qatar researchers found natural immunity is 97 percent effective against severe COVID after 14 months. Results of data analysis revealed individuals in Qatar who survived COVID-19 infection, and had not been vaccinated, experienced superior protections against both severe COVID disease and death from COVID.

“Effectiveness of primary infection against severe, critical, or fatal COVID-19 reinfection was 97.3% … irrespective of the variant of primary infection or reinfection, and with no evidence for waning,” the researchers noted. “Similar results were found in sub-group analyses for those ≥50 years of age.”

The recommendations by FDA and CDC officials for the Pfizer and Moderna COVID vaccines for children appear to have many doctors and scientists at the national agencies especially troubled.

“Pfizer reported a range of vaccine efficacy so wide that no conclusion could be inferred,” Makary and Hoeg write. “No reputable medical journal would accept such sloppy and incomplete results with such a small sample size. More to the point, these results should have given pause to those who are in charge of public health.”

Moderna’s results “were not much better,” the authors point out.

“It seems criminal that we put out the recommendation to give mRNA COVID vaccines to babies without good data,” one CDC physician told them. “We really don’t know what the risks are yet. So why push it so hard?”

Similarly, a top FDA official said: “The public has no idea how bad this data really is. It would not pass muster for any other authorization.”

It appears that message may be getting out to some extent, since CNN reported last week only two percent of children under the age of five have received the COVID shot.

Nevertheless, the confused messages from the nation’s top health officials continue to haunt Americans.

White House COVID-19 Advisor Dr. Anthony Fauci admitted to Neil Cavuto Tuesday on Fox News’ Your World it is “clear from the data” the COVID vaccines “don’t protect overly well, as it were, against infection.”

Nevertheless, Fauci urged Americans to get vaccinated and boosted, insisting, “we’re certainly not over” the pandemic.

“[M]y message to people who seem confused because people who are vaccinated get infected – the answer is if you weren’t vaccinated, the likelihood [is] you would have had [a] more severe course than you did have when you were vaccinated,” he said, once again chastising the unvaccinated by noting that “67 percent of the people in this country are vaccinated.”

“We rank very low among developed and developing nations in the proportion that are vaccinated of those who were vaccinated,” Fauci said. “Only about half of them have gotten their first boost. Again, we’ve got to do better than that. We’re giving the virus the opportunity to continue to spread in our community.”


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