Recently revealed emails question the methodology used by government officials to form COVID-19 policy for U.S. public schools.
A Friday Fox News report includes emails that are a bad look for the National Institutes for Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
One email reportedly indicates the Biden administration didn’t have student learning loss data before the CDC issued its school reopening guidance.
Another internal electronic communication included mail noting an article citing scientific studies that disputed the need for students to distance 6 feet apart. The “Stat” article noted the rule appeared to be based on “decades-old research.”
“The two core pillars of the guidelines — that schools should decide whether to open based on community transmission and that students should strive to be spaced 6 feet apart — aren’t supported by science,” wrote authors Vladimir Kogan and Vinay Prasad in February 2021. “While there are many prudent recommendations in the document, these two demands will keep schools closed much longer than necessary, harming kids.”
In March 2021, the CDC was considering changing the social distancing requirement for school children, according to an NBC News report.
Evidence appears that the CDC denied a Harvard University public health expert’s request for state-level vaccine distribution data in a further email, data she said she needed for her research about how policies affected vaccinations.
“Would it be possible to please share CDC data on vaccine distribution by jurisdiction and broad demographic group (age, sex, race/ethnicity?),” Harvard Professor Marcella Alsan wrote. “Even having this information available at the state level would be very much appreciated.”
The Fox report noted the CDC denied her request for randomized research material.
“Per the lead of the Vaccine Task Force data, we are currently not releasing publicly demographic vaccine data at the state level,” CDC officials reportedly responded. ” Some of our state and jurisdictional partners are presenting these data, though, on their own sites.”
Alsan wrote to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, calling it a “discouraging response.” Walensky reportedly forwarded the response to other CDC officials via email.
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