The CDC has admitted it is withholding large portions of COVID-19 data — including on vaccine boosters — from the public because it fears the information could be misinterpreted.
The leading public health agency has only published a small sample of the data it has been collecting — despite being two years into the pandemic, sources told the New York Times.
Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokeswoman, said the reason for the slow release of data is “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.”
She added that the CDC’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable.”
But another reason is that the data could be misinterpreted by the public, Nordlund admitted.
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