Dr. Marty McCurry on Tuesday accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “picking” data and manipulating public health guidelines on vaccines and natural immunity to support a political narrative.
McCurry, professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University and a medical collaborator with Fox News, joined The Clay Travis and Buck Sexton Show to discuss the clinical impact of natural immunity compared to a vaccine.
Travis noted that the CDC’s guidance on COVID-19 is inconsistent with vaccine recommendations for other infectious viruses. The current guidance for chickenpox, for example, does not encourage Those who have contracted it are vaccinated against the virus.
“The CDC recommends two doses of the chickenpox vaccine for children, teens, and adults who have never had chickenpox,” the official website says.
“So why doesn’t the CDC say the same about those who have already had COVID?” asked Travis.
McCurry called the conflicting outlines “completely illogical” and accused the agency of “ignoring natural immunity”.
He said: There is no meaning in what they attribute to chicken pox. It’s as if they adopted the Democratic Party’s immune system against one virus but not the other.
“They are carefully choosing the data to support whatever they’ve already decided,” he continued. “They share, which is something we call hunting in statistical techniques. That’s when you look for a small piece of data that supports what you really believe in.”
US General Surgeon Vivek Murthy ASkate during a Q&A session on Fox News Earlier this month, whether parents should deliberately expose their children to COVID-19 “to give them natural immunity, as we do with chickenpox in our home.”
Murthy said that while it is a “reasonable question,” he encourages parents to vaccinate their children, as there may be “other complications” from contracting the virus.
“The important thing for us is to assess the risks and benefits here,” he said. “When we do that, we see that vaccination is actually much lower risk and offers more benefit than allowing our children to get COVID and the risk of complications.”
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