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The CDC’s school reopening guidelines reportedly were influenced by teachers’ unions.
According to Fox News:
EXCLUSIVE: House Republicans are demanding answers from the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on whether new school reopening guidelines were based on politics and Democratic campaign donations rather than coronavirus science.
GOP leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee are raising alarms over newly released emails that show a flurry of communication between CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky, her top advisors and teachers union officials. The emails revealed that the powerful teachers union, the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), was making language suggestions for the CDC’s latest school reopening guidelines released on Feb. 12.
The emails “raise significant concerns about whether you, as the Director of the CDC, are putting politics over science and Biden-Harris campaign donors over children,” Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., wrote Walensky on Wednesday in a letter obtained first by Fox News.
Walensky initially said in early February that data suggests schools can safely reopen — even without teachers needing to be vaccinated. But the White House later undermined Walensky’s comment and emails revealed that AFT President Randi Weingarten had a phone conversation with Walensky, too. Afterward, Walensky’s public statements changed to encouraging states to give teachers priority in vaccinations, the letter states.
The lawmakers pointed out that the CDC director’s decisions should be guided by science not the interests of politically motivated groups.