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. Sources told news agencies that 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.
Kristen Nordlund, a CDC spokeswoman, said the reason for the slow release of data is that the data could be misinterpreted by the public. Among the data that has been collected but not made public is hospitalizations broken down by age, race and vaccination status over the last year and information on the effectiveness of booster shots.
That data showed the booster shots were least likely to benefit younger adults because two shots of the Moderna or Pfizer vaccines, or one dose of Johnson & Johnson, already left them well protected.
According to one CDC official, Dr. Daniel Jernigan, the COVID pandemic has revealed how outdated the agency and other state-level health systems had become. Doctor Nahid Bhadelia says that this makes the trust in the public health system fade even more.