CDC Influenced by Teachers’ Unions?

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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.

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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.

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Jamey
Jamey
1 month ago

Since when, in modern times, has the CDC been anything but political? The more government we have, the less human rights we have, and it’s always been that way.

Lorraine E Blazich
Lorraine E Blazich
1 month ago

Listen to Dr. Sherri J. Tenpenny and read her book “Saying NO to vaccines.”

Wharf Rat
Wharf Rat
1 month ago

Whhaaat? Say it aint so. That cant be – why, they are the most non political entity ever.

Dale Brown
1 month ago

This is called “political science”! Simple really.

Randy
1 month ago

The AFT and NEA do NOT have the best interest of our children at heart, not when they publicly espouse programs to teach them how to have intercourse and non-intercourse sex, to accept homosexuality as an acceptable lifestyle and that our country is racist to the core. We spend more than any country in the world on our children’s education but get less education and more indoctrination. If you do not know where your school board stands, you are a part of the problem and not part of the solution.

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

Most agree that interests of politically motivated groups should not influence CDC activities. I offer the following as evidence that the CDC is influenced by political groups. Hopefully, the CDC soon will confine its activities to disease and not interests of elected officials. The following is paraphrased from a 2018 Forbes article.

Although the CDC was established in 1946, it wasn’t until 1995 that Florida State University professor Gary Kleck published a paper on what the CDC data said about defensive uses of firearms. His paper extrapolated 1993 data to the U.S. as a whole and coincides with increasing political interest in gun control.

In 1996, 1997, and 1998, the CDC conducted large-scale surveys asking about defensive gun use in four to six states. CDC’s survey data imply that defensive uses of guns by crime victims are far more common than offensive uses by criminals. CDC has never reported these results.

A 2013 study conducted by The National Academies’ Institute of Medicine and National Research Council reported, “…defensive gun uses by victims…ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008.” The data remained hidden for 15 years.

Donald Nicholas
Donald Nicholas
1 month ago

The CDC used up any good will or trust with the numbers getting cooked and the thought that a virus can be managed.

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