If we cut federal agency funding, start with the CDC

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After years of bureaucratic malfeasance in the name of science, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its Covid guidelines on Thursday to now recommend and acknowledge long-awaited truths about respiratory virus transmission and Covid vaccines. .

Among the new provisions included in the guidelines are recommendations to largely end asymptomatic mass testing of people with no known exposure to the virus, as well as calls for people “exposed to COVID-19” to wear a “mask for 10 days and get tested. at day 5” rather than in quarantine.

Most notable in the new CDC guidelines, however, is the agency’s tacit admission that any individual, regardless of their vaccination status, can still contract and spread Covid.

“Reiterating that regardless of vaccination status, you should isolate yourself from others when you have COVID-19,” the guidelines read. “You should also self-isolate if you are sick and suspect you have COVID-19 but do not yet have test results.”

In other words, the health agency essentially considered all Covid testing and quarantine rules to be the same for vaccinated and unvaccinated.

Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, an epidemiologist and professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine, took to Twitter to respond to the CDC’s new guidelines, saying the end of “mass asymptomatic testing is a big deal, even if it comes in 2 years too late. ”

“If your child goes on a field trip and has no symptoms and is required to get tested, be sure to let authorities know that they are violating CDC guidelines,” he said.

Bhattacharya and his fellow epidemiologists and professors of medicine, Dr Martin Kulldorff and Dr Sunetra Gupta, who have all been branded science deniers and purveyors of misinformation, are best known for penning the Great Barrington statement, a document co-signed by dozens of healthcare professionals in 2020 that called for an end to Covid lockdowns that have produced “devastating short- and long-term public health effects”.

“The results [of the lockdowns] (to name a few) include lower childhood vaccination rates, worsening cardiovascular disease outcomes, decreased cancer screenings, and worsening mental health – leading to increased excess mortality in later years. come, the working class and young members of society bearing the heaviest burden,” said the Declaration, which was vindicated. “The most compassionate approach that balances the risks and benefits of achieving herd immunity, is to allow those at minimal risk of death to live their lives normally to develop immunity to the virus through natural infection. , while better protecting those at greatest risk.

The sudden about-face by the CDC, which for two years has relentlessly pushed mass testing, lockdowns and vaccines as solutions to end the pandemic, follows recent comments from the former Covid response coordinator of White House Dr. Deborah Birx, who in a Fox News interview she admitted she “knew” earlier in the pandemic that shots were “not going to protect against infection.”

“I think we’ve overhyped vaccines, and that’s made people worry that it won’t protect against serious illness and hospitalization,” she said.

Fund the CDC

The outright lie that beatings were guaranteed to keep people from getting infected with Covid was not only pushed by top CDC officials such as Director Rochelle Walensky as a way to encourage more Americans to get vaccinated. It was also used as justification by President Joe Biden to orchestrate a massive federal power grab. Despite knowing as early as April 2021 that the gunfire did not stop Covid transmission, Biden savagely overstepped his authority in September 2021 by unconstitutionally requiring “private businesses with 100 or more workers” to force their employees to get bitten by Covid or face a “$14,000 per violation” fine.

The order also extended to all federal workers, as well as “employees of federal contractors and Americans employed by a health care facility receiving Medicare or Medicaid funding.”

While the U.S. Supreme Court finally overturned Biden’s illegal edict, the point remains: Until last Thursday, the CDC and the feds falsely argued that Covid transmissibility was different for vaccinated and not vaccinated.

With such illogical rationale being used by corporations and school districts across the country to force Covid vaccines on millions of Americans, it begs the question of how many citizens have lost their jobs and livelihoods to this fictitious “science”? Moreover, how many of the roughly 3,400 US service members fired from the military for refusing the shot will receive an apology and have their jobs reinstated given the CDC’s “newly discovered” science?

Given what the CDC has done to the country over the past two years with its flawed policies and lack of transparency regarding the potential risks associated with stings, the agency shouldn’t just be publicly shamed for its conduct; it should be defunded and disbanded. Much like the corruption that has plagued agencies like the FBI, which has repeatedly abused its power to target political opponents, the CDC has proven to be a highly inept organization incapable of providing accurate information to the public and keeping politics out of his decision. manufacturing process.

Whether it’s lying to the public about the effectiveness of natural immunity and cloth masks, pandering to teachers’ unions demands to reopen schools, or deliberately withholding data from the American public, the CDC has given the country plenty of reasons why it should be legislatively shattered into a thousand pieces.

Restoring trust in our institutions starts with accountability, and it’s time for the CDC to get its first dose of that.


Shawn Fleetwood is an editor for The Federalist and a graduate of the University of Mary Washington. He is also a state content writer for Convention of States Action and his work has been featured in numerous media including RealClearPolitics, RealClearHealth, and Conservative Review. Follow him on Twitter @ShawnFleetwood

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