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‘CDC bypassed scientific norms to allow teachers union bosses to re-write official guidance’

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On Wednesday, Saracarter.com published an article about a report from Republicans on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis. The report exposed how to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) allowed powerful Teachers’ Unions to dictate its guidance on reopening schools.
House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) joined Fox News’ The Ingraham Angle to discuss the findings and the necessity for an investigation:
“What we exposed through this is that it was political science, not in medical science, that [the] CDC used to put their guidance out on school reopenings. And, in fact, [the] CDC was getting ready to come out with guidance that would have been more favorable towards opening schools, and then the teachers unions were given – over a week before it came out – were given a sneak copy of it that no one else got that we’ve been able to find – and said, ‘Okay, what do you think about this?’ And we uncovered emails between the CDC Director and the union president saying, ‘Wait a minute, we don’t like this. We want new language that makes it easier to close schools.’

“And they actually – the unions – gave different language to the CDC. And then [the] CDC’s final language was almost word-for-word, verbatim, from what the teachers union said. I don’t know of any other group – surely no parents groups – that got this kind of VIP access. And in fact, I asked the CDC Director today in the hearing to give me a list of anybody else that they gave this kind of access to change the documents.”

Rep. Scalise says the CDC must be investigated for giving the unions such power:
“Ultimately, what [the teachers union bosses] said was ‘We want stronger guidance to keep schools closed. To keep millions of children out of schools.’ And keep in mind, too, Laura, this is all going on under the backdrop when the Justice Department is calling parents domestic terrorists for showing up at school board meetings.

“So, I asked the CDC Director, ‘Give me names of parent groups that you consulted and gave the same kind of VIP access?’ They couldn’t give me a name. And, I said, ‘I want to know, like, were parents allowed to have the same kind of ability to change the science, like the unions were able to get to keep schools closed?’ And she couldn’t give me a single name because it was the union bosses who said, ‘Look, don’t come up with this until you give us new ability to shut down schools,’ and they paid off their friends and gave them the language.”

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  1. Glen Hillebrand

    April 1, 2022 at 9:48 am

    Well, let’s hope this alerts parents and citizens about what happens when citizens, willingly, obediently relinquish our God given, Constitutional rights.
    But, in areas like the New York city, Long Island region of New York; I doubt it

  2. Kathy Crookston

    April 2, 2022 at 10:27 am

    Steve scalise is clueless as to the lefts agenda and the ends they will go to in order to achieve those ends.

    • KamelHarris

      April 19, 2022 at 11:17 am

      What have you done about it ? Besides bitch moan and complain

  3. Stephane

    April 2, 2022 at 5:19 pm

    In early 1900s, unions were created to prevent child abuse!
    Today the unions ARE THE CHILD ABUSERS!
    Lazy stupid teachers want to destroy the Family to help create a state schooling that will brainwash the children into SLAVES to the state!
    Taking away all ambitions, all desires, all willpower to create the perfect employees who count on the state for every need. All in the same mold.
    Only the Party kids can go to school of their choice!

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Former Harvard medical professor says he was fired for opposing Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates

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“My hope is that someday, Harvard will find its way back to academic freedom and independence.” That is the heartfelt message from Dr. Martin Kulldorff, a former Harvard University professor of medicine since 2003, who recently announced publicly he was fired for “clinging to the truth” in his opposition to Covid lockdowns and vaccine mandates.

Kulldorff posted the news on social media alongside an essay published in the City Journal last week. The epidemiologist and biostatistician also spoke with National Review about the incident. Kulldorff says he was fired by the Harvard-affiliated Mass General Brigham hospital system and put on a leave of absence by Harvard Medical School in November 2021 over his stance on Covid.

Nearly two years later, in October 2023, his leave of absence was terminated as a matter of policy, marking the end of his time at the university. Harvard severed ties with Kulldorff “all on their initiative,” he said.

The history of the medical professional’s public stance on Covid-19 vaccines and mandates is detailed by National Review:

Censorship and rejection led Kulldorff to co-author the Great Barrington Declaration in October 2020 alongside Dr. Sunetra Gupta of Oxford University and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya of Stanford University. Together, the three public-health scientists argued for limited and targeted Covid-19 restrictions that “protect the elderly, while letting children and young adults live close to normal lives,” as Kulldorff put it in his essay.

“The declaration made clear that no scientific consensus existed for school closures and many other lockdown measures. In response, though, the attacks intensified—and even grew slanderous,” he wrote, naming former National Institutes of Health director Francis Collins as the one who ordered a “devastating published takedown” of the declaration.

Testifying before Congress in January, Collins reaffirmed his previous statements attacking the Great Barrington Declaration.

Despite the coordinated effort against it, the document has over 939,000 signatures in favor of age-based focused protection.

The Great Barrington Declaration’s authors, who advocated the quick reopening of schools, have been vindicated by recent studies that confirm pandemic-era school closures were, in fact, detrimental to student learning. The data show that students from third through eighth grade who spent most of the 2020–21 school year in remote learning fell more than half a grade behind in math scores on average, while those who attended school in person dropped a little over a third of a grade, according to a New York Times review of existing studies. In addition to learning losses, school closures did very little to stop the spread of Covid, studies show.

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