A top U.S. agency is under fire for withholding some of the COVID-19 data it collects.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) confirmed to The Epoch Times that it has not published some of the data it collected on COVID-19 reinfections.
The spokesperson said it dropped plans for publishing a paper based on the data “given other response priorities” because a part of the same data was already presented in a published manuscript.
An agency representative told the New York Times that it has also withheld other information, including details on how booster doses have affected young people.
The data has not been released or has been released slowly because it takes time to make sure “it’s accurate and actionable,” the representative said, adding that there are fears the information might be misinterpreted.
Multiple experts say the CDC should make all the data available.
“Withholding data, key data, is scientific fraud,” Malone told The Epoch Times.
Dr. Jay Bhattacharya, a professor of medicine at Stanford University, said that the CDC shouldn’t “withhold information in order to manipulate behavior.”
The agency should “help Americans understand the data in context and provide guidance to improve the lives of all Americans,” he wrote on Twitter.
Paul Mango, a former official at the CDC’s parent agency, the Department of Health and Human Services, said that the CDC’s role should be collecting and disseminating data, not analyzing it itself.