Dr. Marty Makary on Tuesday accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “cherry picking” data and manipulating public health guidelines around vaccines and natural immunity to support a political narrative.
Makary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University and Fox News’ medical contributor, joined the “Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show” to discuss the clinical impact of natural immunity in relation to the vaccine.
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Travis noted that the CDC’s guidelines on COVID-19 are not in line with their vaccine recommendations for other infectious viruses. The current guideline for chickenpox encourages e.g. Not those who have caused it to vaccinate itself against the virus.
“The CDC recommends two doses of chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents and adults who have never had chickenpox,” the official website said.
“So why does the CDC not say the same about us who already had COVID?” Travis asked.
Makary called the conflicting guidance “absolutely illogical” and accused the agency of “ignoring natural immunity.”
“It doesn’t make sense what they put out on chickenpox,” he said. “It’s like they’ve adopted the immune system for the Democrats for one virus, but not for another virus.”
“They choose the data to support what they have already decided,” he continued. “The salami slices it, something we call fishing in statistical techniques. That’s when you look for a little piece of data that supports what you already think.”
U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy was asked during a Fox News Q&A session earlier this month whether parents should deliberately expose their children to COVID-19 “to give them a natural immunity, as we do with chickenpox in our homes.”
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Murthy said that while it is a “reasonable question to ask,” he urges parents to vaccinate their children, as there may be “other complications” that arise from contracting the virus.
“The important thing for us is to weigh the risks and benefits here,” he said. “When we do, we see that vaccination is actually a much lower risk and greater benefit proposition than letting our children get COVID and risk having complications.”