CDC Director Rochelle Walensky reported to Brett Bair that the organization will be altering COVID death data to examine how many deaths in the USA are a result of COVID compared to how many died and tested positive for COVID.
The change in data comes at the same time more than half of the recorded COVID deaths occurred during the Biden administration.
Baier asked, “I guess you know how many of the 836,000 deaths in the U.S. linked to COVID are from COVID or how many are with COVID but they had other comorbidities, do you have that breakdown?”
“Yes, of course,” Walensky said. “With omicron, we are following that very carefully. Our death registry, of course, takes a few weeks to — it takes a few weeks to collect and, of course, omicron has just been with us for a few weeks. But those data will be forthcoming.”
The administration is in full-blown damage control mode as cases surge and with the midterms are on the horizon.
Things are so bad that Walensky was forced to fact-check liberal Justice Sonia Sotomayor over her claims of misinformation during a January 7th hearing.
During a preliminary hearing about Biden’s vaccine mandate, Sotomayor said, “We have over 100,000 children, which we’ve never had before, in serious condition and many on ventilators.”
Below is a partial transcript from Fox News:
BAIER: Now, (AUDIO GAP) what we can find from Friday suggest there are fewer than 3,500 current pediatric hospitalizations from COVID-19. Is that true?
WALENSKY: Yeah. But, you know, here’s what I can tell you about our pediatric hospitalizations now. First of all, the vast majority of children who are in the hospital are unvaccinated, and for those children who are not eligible for vaccination, we do know that they are most likely to get sick with COVID if their family members aren’t vaccinated.
So the most important thing we can do for those children to keep them out of the hospital is to vaccinate them and to vaccinate their family members around them.
We also know that —
BAIER: Understood, but the number is not 100,000. It’s roughly 3,500 in hospitals now.
WALENSKY: It — yes, there are — there are — and in fact what I will say is, while pediatric hospitalizations are rising, there are still about 15- fold least than hospitalizations of our older age demographics.
BAIER: Do you have a number of children on ventilators?
WALENSKY: I do not have that off the top of my head, but what I can say is for it — I don’t believe there are any in many of these hospitals who are vaccinated. So, really, the highest risk of being on a ventilator if your child is if you’re unvaccinated.
We also have recent data out just this week that’s demonstrated that dangerous MIS-C syndrome that we are seeing in children, 91 percent protection if you’ve been vaccinated.
BAIER: But the risk of death or serious illness in children is still very small, right?
WALENSKY: Comparatively the risk of death is small, but, of course, you know, children aren’t supposed to die.
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