Source: Veronika Kyrylenko

The “Trust the Science” official narrative has just taken another blow. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has kept reams of its COVID-related data under wraps for more than a year because it did not trust the public to interpret the information correctly (among other reasons), The New York Times reported Sunday.

Per the report,

Two full years into the pandemic, the agency leading the country’s response to the public health emergency has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected, several people familiar with the data said.

Among the data being withheld from Americans is a breakdown of COVID hospitalizations by age, race, and vaccination status. The agency also did not report on such findings as the efficacy of booster shots in 18- to 49-year-olds, “the group least likely to benefit from extra shots, because the first two doses already left them well-protected,” even though it collected the information, said the article.

CDC spokeswoman Kristen Nordlund told the newspaper that the agency’s data priority has been to collect “accurate and actionable” information. Some of the data has been made public, she explained, because “it’s not yet ready for prime time,” presumably meaning that some portion of the information has not been properly verified.