CDC’s Announcement on Breakthrough COVID-19 Cases Sparks Charges of Data Manipulation

The CDC recently announced that breakthrough COVID-19 cases—new infections in people who have already been vaccinated—will no longer be reported unless they result in hospitalization or death. Some have taken this announcement as an example of the CDC’s alleged lies and lack of transparency. Claims include that the CDC is manipulating data in order to make the vaccines look better, falsely stating that the CDC inflated COVID-19 cases and deaths and is now choosing to underreport cases. According to the CDC, previous breakthrough data relied on passive monitoring and voluntary reporting, which likely resulted in undercounting. In order to improve the quality of data being collected, the CDC will only investigate breakthrough cases resulting in hospitalization and death. Fact checking sources have previously debunked claims that COVID-19 cases and deaths have been inflated. 

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