The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) surrenders to the coronavirus, mandating vaccinated people wear masks while only citing “unpublished data” as the rationale.
The CDC has failed to present the data behind the newly updated mask guidance, which requires the vaccinated to wear masks inside public areas of “substantial or high transmission.” Instead, it has cited “CDC COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] Response Team, unpublished data, 2021,” a vague reference leaving many asking questions.
“While the CDC issued their guidance yesterday at about 3 p.m., they have not yet released their scientific reports on the data that underlies their recommendation,” New York City Health and Hospitals President and CEO Mitchell Katz said Wednesday, emphasizing the need to review the data.
“I think we owe it to New Yorkers to very carefully, as you say, review that information and understand its implications,” Katz added. “Our focus has to be on getting people vaccinated.” “They’re making a claim that people with delta who are vaccinated and unvaccinated have similar levels of viral load, but nobody knows what that means,” Gregg Gonsalves, an associate professor at the Yale School of Public Health, said, according to Chron.
“It’s meaningless unless we see the data,” he added.
Even New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) has hinted voluntary action on vaccination is over, saying it is crucial to access the research behind the mandate.
“We’re assessing the information. What really is important is to assess the research behind it. Which is what our team is doing,” de Blasio said. “We’ve got to make sure we understand the ramifications and what makes sense to do.”
The director of the CDC, Rochelle Walensky, only cited “new scientific data” but little of the details were provided, stating that “in rare occasions, some vaccinated people infected with the delta variant after vaccination could be contagious and pass the virus to others.”
According to Chron, the CDC will publish the data “imminently,” per a “federal official knowledgeable about the research but who was not authorized to be a spokesperson for the government.”
As Breitbart News detailed:
Indeed, the CDC did, in fact, feature a study that was based, partially, on a vaccine not yet approved in the U.S., rendering that particular finding inapplicable in the states.
“We used a Delta variant live virus isolate to test susceptibility to vaccine-elicited neutralising antibodies in individuals vaccinated with ChAdOx-1 or BNT162b2,” the research reads. The first vaccine referenced is the Oxford-developed AstraZeneca vaccine, not used in the U.S., and the second is the Pfizer vaccine, one of the main vaccines used in the U.S. under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Notably, none of the vaccines in the U.S. have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Despite that, the CDC presumably used the study as a partial framework for its updated guidance, which instructs fully vaccinated people to mask up.
In part, the CDC’s brief reads, “Studies from India with vaccines not authorized for use in the United States have noted relatively high viral loads and larger cluster sizes associated with infections with Delta, regardless of vaccination status.”
In addition to the confusion, the Biden administration has not explained how the mask mandate promotes their narrative that vaccines are essential to normal life to return.