Dr. Marty McCurry on Tuesday accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of “cherry-picking” data and of manipulating public health guidelines on vaccines and natural immunity to support a political narrative.
McCary, a professor of surgery and health policy at Johns Hopkins University and a medical contributor to 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 their vaccine recommendations for other infectious viruses. The current guidance for chickenpox, for example, does not encourage Those who have contracted it to vaccinate themselves against the virus.
The official website reads: “The CDC recommends two doses of the chickenpox vaccine for children, adolescents, and adults who have never had chickenpox.”
“So why doesn’t the CDC say the same about those who have already had COVID?” asked Travis.
McCurry called the conflicting directives “completely illogical,” and accused the agency of “ignoring natural immunity.”
He said, “There is no point in what they put to the chickenpox.” “It’s as if they adopted the Democratic Party’s immune system to one virus, but not to another.”
“They are carefully selecting the data to support everything they have already decided,” he continued. “They slice it up, which is something we call hunting in statistical techniques. That’s when you’re looking for a little piece of data that supports what you actually believe in.”
The American Surgeon General Vivek Murthy Asked during a question-and-answer 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 could be “other complications” arising from infection with the virus.
“The important thing for us is to weigh the risks and benefits here,” he said. “When we do that, we see that vaccination is actually much lower risk and offers a higher benefit than allowing our children to get COVID and the risk of complications.”