A U.S. senator is questioning why a top agency was expecting hundreds of safety signals for the COVID-19 vaccines.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), claimed in 2022 that safety monitoring revealed no “unexpected safety signals” for the vaccines.
The Epoch Times obtained the results through a Freedom of Information Act after the CDC refused to release them.
Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) is now wondering why the CDC expected so many signals after vaccination.
“The American people have a right to know the extent to which your agency was aware of and tracked COVID-19 vaccine adverse events. Your lack of transparency is unacceptable. Without immediately providing complete and reliable information about COVID-19 vaccine adverse events, you are obstructing Congressional oversight and leaving the public in the dark,” added Johnson, who was stonewalled when he requested the monitoring results.
A CDC spokesperson told The Epoch Times via email that it received the senator’s letter. “A reply is forthcoming,” the spokesperson said, declining to comment further.
False StatementsThe CDC has made multiple false statements on the outcomes found from a type of analysis called Proportional Reporting Ratio (PRR). The analysis involves comparing the number of adverse events reported to a system co-managed by the CDC after COVID-19 vaccination to the number of adverse events reported after vaccination with other vaccines.
Walensky, a Biden appointee, admitted the CDC provided false information in a September 2022 letter to the senator.
The CDC “recently addressed a previous statement made to The Epoch Times to clarify PRR were not run between February 26, 2021, to September 30, 2021,” she said.
ResultsThe results of the PRRs, obtained by The Epoch Times and released to the public for the first time in January, shows CDC analysts found hundreds of adverse events met the threshold for a safety signal.
That included severe conditions such as blood clotting and even death.
PRRs analyze reports lodged with the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, which health officials describe as “the nation’s early warning system” for vaccine issues.
A CDC spokesperson previously told The Epoch Times in an email in 2022 that the PRR results “were generally consistent with EB data mining, revealing no additional unexpected safety signals.”
Walensky used the exact same language in her missive to Johnson, who asked for the results in multiple letters.
The tables The Epoch Times released “appear to be responsive to my previous letters, and yet, CDC continues to hide this and other information from my office and ultimately, the American people,” Johnson wrote.
He urged the CDC to provide the requested information no later than Jan. 17.