The CDC thought they could get away with some serious corruption.
They assumed politicians would never ask questions about their activities.
But Rand Paul exposed the dark truth about the CDC, and now they are panicking.
Government agencies are not supposed to have conflicts of interest with the companies and private organizations that they regulate.
If they do, it can lead to unfair regulation practices that favor one company over another and pick winners and losers in the economy.
The CDC shouldn’t be any different. But that is not how they have been behaving in the wake of the COVID pandemic.
And the person who uncovered the truth is none other than Sen. Rand Paul.
Sen. Paul sent a letter to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky asking why her agency hired the same P.R. firm as Pfizer and Moderna.
According to Paul’s letter, “On September 28, 2020, CDC awarded a federal contract award to Weber Shandwick to conduct marketing consulting services for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD). NCIRD is responsible for providing management and support services to the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP), which issues recommendations to CDC on vaccines including the COVID-19 vaccine.”
But that same consulting company was also doing similar work for some of the largest pharmaceutical companies in America.
“Weber embedded staff within CDC to promote vaccines and provide communications services related to COVID-19 while simultaneously representing the interests of Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna, two pharmaceutical companies actively seeking federal approval of their respective COVID-19 vaccines. On December 12, 2020, ACIP recommended the use of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine in persons aged 18 and older. ACIP has since recommended the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna COVID-19 vaccines for use in the majority of the population, including children as young as six months. ACIP has also recommended Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna’s COVID-19 boosters.”
There is no way to know whether or not the CDC would have recommended the same products even if this P.R. firm had not been involved.
But that’s just the point – there’s no way to know. In order for government to earn the trust of the people, it has to clearly avoid conflicts of interest and act fairly.
That’s hard to do when there’s a revolving door between big business and regulatory agencies that lead to extremely strong ties between the two, ensuring that the interests of big corporations are looked out for while small businesses get the short end of the stick.
That’s not how government should work. It should strive for fairness and equal treatment.
In this case, the CDC absolutely did not do that. It got cozy with two very large pharmaceutical companies and may have allowed itself to be influenced by them.
And as Paul’s letter says near the end, “Americans expect and deserve impartiality from the entities responsible for issuing recommendations on the use of COVID-19 vaccines and boosters.”
The CDC has a lot of work to do to regain the trust of the American people. It remains to be seen if they have any interest in actually doing that.