As the government tries to begin broadly providing booster doses by Sept. 20, top Biden COVID-19 executives are constantly battling with the CDC
The Biden Administration and CDC are at War
Senior government officials from inside the White House COVID-19 working group, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, have tried to accuse the CDC of several horrific things.
This includes the CDC supposedly threatening to withhold important data necessary to grow the booster shot strategy, delaying research on the next step of President Biden’s immunization program, and making it very difficult to set objectives for the general populace in meetings and conversations.
According to authorities, one especially aggravating event occurred last month, when the department seemed to publicly oppose the government’s idea to provide boosters to all adults.
On Aug. 18, CDC Chief Rochelle Walensky signed a high-profile letter, approving the method, along with other top Biden health officials. When the time finally arrived for the CDC to make its argument for boosting to a powerful expert committee less than two weeks later, senior authorities shocked the Biden White House.
These authorities argued that emphasis should be given to healthcare patients and public health workers before increasing access to other vulnerable groups.
If you understood or remembered only one thing from George Orwell’s dystopian novel “1984,” I’d hope it would be that the totalitarian government redefined the language in order to influence thought.https://t.co/KDeov0tpjE
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) September 12, 2021
The Situation is Deteriorating
Senior health officials from across the federal government were caught off guard by the new strategy; this significantly stressed the already strained relationship between both the White House as well as the CDC.
In conversations with Politico, seven senior administration personnel working on the government pandemic reaction, as well as three other people familiar with the matter, highlighted the rising stress. To address the sensitive subject more openly, everyone spoke with requested anonymity.
The squabbling comes as the government looks for fresh ways to combat the Delta variant and regain Americans’ trust, following two months of losses and errors. As the epidemic worsens, it raises doubts about the government’s ability to make clear policy suggestions to protect Americans.
To do so, health organizations and the White House will need to work closely together to translate fast-moving and unexpected discoveries regarding the virus’ activity and vaccination effectiveness into actionable advice.
Herd immunity was commonly thought to be 70% for the last eighteen months.
Now the CDC estimates that 83% of the population has some kind of immunity yet we still aren’t hearing about herd immunity.
What is the new threshold now?
— Dr. David Samadi (@drdavidsamadi) September 13, 2021
A request for information was not returned by the White House or the CDC
The constant back-and-forth has reduced confidence at the agency, which is still recuperating from the heavy burdens and government pressure it faced during the Trump government’s final year with Operation Warp Speed.
During the last few weeks, Walensky has tried to defend the CDC vehemently. She’s now having to tell White House authorities (who promised to pursue the scientific research) that the late September booster goal was probably too optimistic.
Walensky’s also had to inform that her organization had not yet finished research that would help provide the rationalization for the shots. Vaccine manufacturers Moderna and Johnson & Johnson had yet to provide booster data to the CDC and FDA.
Other CDC personnel working on the epidemic reaction are equally frustrated by the circumstances and what they regard as the White House’s unreasonable expectations in trying to bolster public sentiment.