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‘Ludicrous’ CDC Proposed Makeover: ‘Everyone Has to Go’

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America’s doctors and scientists who have spent the past 2 ½ years urging federal health agencies to employ longstanding successful public health policies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic say the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) announcement last week of a proposed overhaul to “restore public trust” is nothing less than “ludicrous” and not a serious attempt to address the damage the agency has wrought.

Despite CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky’s seeming call for a makeover that can restore Americans’ trust in her agency, it is still recommending, for example, that children of 6 months and older get a COVID vaccine when young children are the least likely to suffer from serious COVID disease.

“I feel like it’s my, my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years,” Walensky reportedly told the Associated Press (AP) this past week, stating that, in April, she called for a review of her agency, which led to the proposed changes.

“It’s not lost on me that we fell short in many ways,” Walensky reportedly said. “We had some pretty public mistakes, and so much of this effort was to hold up the mirror … to understand where and how we could do better.”

CNN also reported Walensky “plans to remake the culture to help the agency move faster when it responds to a public health crisis.”

According to AP, among the ways Walensky apparently believes CDC can “do better” is by appointing former Obama administration top Health and Human Services (HHS) official Mary Wakefield to implement changes in the agency, and to scrub changes in CDC’s organizational structure that were apparently made during the Trump administration.

“The CDC’s announcement covers everything except the fundamental problem to which the director and the external reviewer are blind: industry subservience and epidemiologic incompetence,” wrote Yale Professor Emeritus of Epidemiology Dr. Harvey Risch at Brownstone Institute:

The CDC has published numbers of fatally flawed study reports over the last two years in MMWR [Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report], its captive journal. No amounts of “moving faster” will fix this problem.  It took the CDC two years to figure out that the vaccines are not an effective public health tool for reducing infection spread, something that I and numerous colleagues have been saying for more than a year.

“The CDC has still not recognized that for Covid, masks are useless, that distancing is useless, that general population testing is virtually useless for managing the population pandemic,” Risch asserted. “That the CDC has reviewed itself and only found trivialities and not the systematic problems that caused it to produce repeatedly failing policies shows that this review exercise was only window dressing.”

“The current makeover plans are ludicrous, will fool no one, and will not restore any of the large amount of public trust that has been lost by its poor performance over the last 2.5 years,” Risch concluded.

Referring to the CDC’s proposed overhaul as “fraudulent,” Fox News host Laura Ingraham observed to cardiologist and early treatment advocate Dr. Peter McCullough the villainization of many Americans and doctors and healthcare professionals who are still actively being “harassed and penalized for being right” in their criticisms of CDC for its faulty policies.

“It’s true, Americans and physicians like myself have progressively lost their confidence in the multibillion dollar agency,” McCullough said.

“From these erratic yet dictatorial recommendations on contagion control, vaccination, and the lack of not only data transparency, but data analyses – the CDC owed America a monthly data analysis on the safety of the vaccines … they should have external oversight, in multiple aspects of the agency,” he continued. “And I completely agree: everybody needs to go, and we need to install regular and rigorous oversight from Congress and the Senate.”

Physicians such as Florida Surgeon General Dr. Joseph Ladapo observed that other nations, such as Denmark, have already come to understand that vaccinating all children against COVID was a “mistake”:

Ladapo also tweeted a piece at Substack by Dr. Vinay Prasad, who rebuked the CDC for failing to take “safety signals” regarding vaccine-induced myocarditis seriously.

Prasad wrote of a preprint study (a research paper that has been shared by its author(s) prior to being peer-reviewed) from Thailand that found 3.5% of adolescent boys had overt or subclinical myocarditis after getting a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine.

“Is @CDCgov doing a similar prospective study in the US? Is anyone?” asked Ladapo.

“The goal of vaccination programs is to protect people from diseases as safely as possible,” Prasad wrote. “Vaccines and diseases are not supposed to have harms that are even in the same ball-park as each other. Vaccines are supposed to be much, much, much safer than the diseases they prevent or diminish.”

The hematologist and oncologist first went on to observe the reports from Israel in February 2021 that adolescent boys “were experiencing myocarditis— an inflammation of the wall of the heart— after COVID19 vaccine administration.”

“Preliminary figures varied but reports placed it in the 1/3000 to 1/5000 ballpark,” Prasad noted. “Many were hospitalized … Suddenly it was clear that myocarditis was a serious safety concern in this age/sex group that meant, we ought to make a concerted effort to lower harms in this group.”

In response to the Israeli reports, Prasad and his colleagues urged U.S. public health officials to take any of numerous actions to minimize risk to adolescent boys.

Their call, and those of many other physicians and scientists, however, fell on deaf ears:

Instead of taking any of these actions, which we suggested at the time, the public health community downplayed, gaslighted and mislead about the concern. Initially the CDC director said (in what must have been incorrect), “”We have not seen a signal and we’ve actually looked intentionally for the signal in the over 200 million doses we’ve given,” Some ‘experts’ chose to report rates of myocarditis among all recipients lumping in 20 year old men with 80 year old women. This is as colossally stupid as combining men and women to report ovarian cancer statistics.

Though in August, 2021, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) had asked Pfizer to prospectively evaluate the incidence of subclinical myocarditis for adolescents at the time of Emergency Use Authorization (EUA), as Prasad wrote, “in keeping with the FDA’s tradition of being lax, the agency gave Pfizer till 2022 and 2024 to provide these data”:

That’s pretty shitty for a live problem that affects millions of boys, where the information can be generated in 1 month by a company shoveling billions into its pockets.

But, then, the Thailand study came along.

Prasad summarized that, of 202 boys evaluated in the study, 7 were found to have overt or subclinical myocarditis (3.5%), which Prasad said is about “2 orders of magnitude more common than prior reports from passive adverse event reporting of myocarditis.”

Cardiologist Dr. Anish Koka wrote at Substack the Thailand study’s results “are not reassuring”:

I can assure you, and the mostly ER doctor contingent on twitter that brays about “mild myocarditis”, that there are no cardiologists who want to see their child have a cardiac troponin that is 2x normal or 40x normal after administration of some therapeutic. What exactly does one to do with an adolescent with a troponin that is 2x normal that is asymptomatic? Given the theoretical risk of malignant cardiac arrhythmias I would imagine most cardiologists would follow the current guidelines for myocarditis and advise against strenuous cardiac activity for some months.

“Sudden cardiac death in young athletes is obviously a fearsome complication that is very real and it is likely some proportion of sudden cardiac death is from subclinical myocarditis,” Koka noted.

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