WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Biden administration is handing out $1 million in taxpayer dollars for a grant to research how “vaccine misinformation” found on social media can affect people’s confidence in COVID shots.
The Department of Health and Human Services established a grant, “Developing a Public Health Tool to Predict the Virality of Vaccine Misinformation Narratives,” which will go to a government or private groups next year. The recipient will apparently use the $1 million dollar grant to develop a forecasting model to identify potential “misinformation on vaccines” on social media and how it will affect people people’s trust in them.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) grant description states, “The purpose of this Notice of Funding Opportunity is to support research to develop a predictive forecasting model that identifies new or reemerging misinformation narratives that are likely to disseminate widely and have a high potential for impact on vaccine confidence. The information from this model will then be used to develop a tool that public health agencies could use to predict misinformation trends in the populations served….The researchers will evaluate the tool’s predictive capabilities on both future social media misinformation narratives and real-world events.”
However, the CDC has not explained how the model will determine what constitutes “misinformation.”
The CDC recently admitted that it withheld critical COVID-19 data from the public because the agency thought it would be “misinterpreted” and cause “vaccine hesitancy” since it weakens the case for booster shots in certain demographics.
Apparently, the CDC has been collecting detailed data on COVID-19 infections in the United States and organized it by age, race and vaccination status. However, the agency withheld detailed information to the public about breakthrough cases, hospitalizations and deaths, which it has been collecting since the beginning of the COVID shot rollout in 2021.
Led by director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the CDC only recently published the first significant data on the effectiveness of boosters in adults younger than 65. However, it did not share the information on those aged 18-49, which is the least likely group to benefit from a booster injection. It has also failed to provide information on child hospitalizations.
In a recent New York Times article, Kristen Nordlund, a spokeswoman for the CDC, said the agency has been slow to release the different streams of data “because basically, at the end of the day, it’s not yet ready for prime time.” She said the agency’s “priority when gathering any data is to ensure that it’s accurate and actionable. Another reason is fear that the information might be misinterpreted,” Nordlund said.
The Times article also revealed that the CDC debuted the “National Wastewater Surveillance System,” a dashboard of data tracking the presence of SARS-CoV-2 levels in wastewater at testing sites across the country that will be updated daily. This wastewater surveillance across the nation could provide early signals of an oncoming surge of COVID cases. Some states and localities had been sharing wastewater information with the CDC since the start of the pandemic, but it did not release any of these findings until now.
Dr. Yvonne Maldonado, chair of the American Academy of Pediatrics’ Committee on Infectious Diseases, expressed frustration over the difficulty of obtaining CDC data on children who were hospitalized with COVID and had other medical conditions.
“They’ve known this for over a year and a half, right, and they haven’t told us. I mean, you can’t find out anything from them,” said Maldonado.
Samuel Scarpino is the managing director of pathogen surveillance at the Rockefeller Foundation. Scarpino stated, “The C.D.C. is a political organization as much as it is a public health organization. The steps that it takes to get something like this released are often well outside of the control of many of the scientists that work at the C.D.C.”
Dr. Robert Malone discovered in-vitro and in-vivo RNA transfection and invented mRNA platform. Dr. Malone wrote, “Let me translate that quote for you. Basically, a non-governmental spokesperson for the ‘official’ public health scientific community is throwing Rochelle Walensky under the bus and saying that the politicians forced us to commit scientific fraud by withholding key data. The Global Summit Doctors and other brave medical practitioners who have stood up to the lies and tyranny, who have been harassed, jobs lost, medical licenses lost, smeared and libeled are right. The data is being withheld. The mainstream media owes a whole lot of us scientists and physicians a huge apology. The government owes the American people a huge apology. People in the government who have lied to the American people need to be charged and must be held legally accountable. We the people must demand to see ALL of the data from the CDC and the FDA.”
Malone also said, “The CDC is using cumulative data from the beginning of the vaccine roll-out to prop up the lie that these vaccines are effective against Omicron. The CDC is clearly hiding the data about safety.”
Vaccine Safety Research Foundation Executive Director Steve Kirsch commented on the CDC’s admission, “Let’s be clear. The only way the vaccine data could be interpreted as ineffective by us ‘misinformation spreaders’ is if the data shows the vaccines don’t work.”
Liberty Counsel Founder and Chairman Mat Staver said, “Government agencies like the CDC seem to be more interested in censoring the truth and critical safety data about COVID shots than in messaging the science. This is certainly not serving the public health by causing harm to innocent people. Medical professionals have been censored for questioning the safety and efficacy of the shots or for providing effective therapeutics to treat the virus.”