The CDC’s new guidelines for people that have been fully vaccinated do not allow for travel.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Monday, “Every time there’s a surge in travel, we have a surge in cases in this country.” But this isn’t actually true, and it misses the point completely.
I wrote that this was wrong on the science and many readers pushed back that I should ‘stay in my lane’ and ‘listen to the CDC’. But it turns out that the CDC actually agrees with me and the Biden administration interfered in their guidance document to remove a section on what travel vaccinated people can do. Currently the CDC advises against travel regardless of vaccination. They were going to change that, but the administration stepped in.
An earlier draft of the guidelines included a travel section but senior health officials decided not to release that portion of the recommendations at this time, one senior administration official told POLITICO.
…The CDC guidance for vaccinated people was originally slated to be published March 4 but was put on hold two days before after a series of meetings and calls between health and communications officials, as POLITICO first reported last week.
Health officials have expressed concern that “the administration was interfering in their work,” and Dr. Anthony Fauci acknowledges his involvement changing the document “getting the sentences clear so that people would understand it.”
Fauci, asked “what’s the science” for denying vaccinated Americans a return to travel, can’t explain.
“When you don’t have the data and you don’t have the actual evidence, you’ve got to make a judgment call." pic.twitter.com/lftvNzgA6J
— Tom Elliott (@tomselliott) March 10, 2021
Approved vaccines have all been shown to be incredibly effective at preventing illness, hospitalization and death and even reducing transmission to others. Travel itself isn’t what’s dangerous, it’s what people often do when they travel (large group gatherings indoors) that can cause problems. And that’s less of a problem for those who have been vaccinated. The Biden administration should stop interfering with scientists willing to state the obvious.