The level of incompetence in even the most basic areas is stunning as the same public health authorities who demand public trust show that they’re completely incapable of doing even the simplest things. I have often said that incompetence is far more convincing than any conspiracy simply because the people in charge repeatedly show that they’re hopeless clowns.
In the latest evidence that the CDC should absolutely wield total power over the country, millions of booster shots were miscounted as first doses meaning that the official number of vaccinated people is actually complete garbage.
The U.S. government has over-counted the number of Americans who are at least partly vaccinated against the coronavirus, state officials warn, meaning millions more people are unprotected as the pandemic’s winter surge gathers steam.
Millions. How can you be off by millions?
CDC data show 240 million people with at least one shot, or about 72.5% of the population. But the agency says only 203 million are fully vaccinated, or 61.3%, an 11-percentage-point difference that is far larger than in other developed countries.
That’s a hell of an error.
Instead, they say, the government has regularly and incorrectly counted booster shots and second doses as first doses, a dynamic the CDC acknowledged in a statement.
A “dynamic” is a great euphemism.
That means both the fully vaccinated and completely unvaccinated are officially undercounted. The precise number miscounted is unknown, but revisions in data from three states — Illinois, Pennsylvania and West Virginia — found enough over-counting of first shots to indicate millions of unvaccinated people nationally who’ve mistakenly been counted as having received a dose.
This is gibberish. The bottom line is that the data being provided was garbage. And the question is why were all of these shots being counted as first doses? One very obvious possible answer is that there was a great deal of incentive to vaccinate the unvaccinated and there was a rush to meet those quotas. The easy way to do it was to count second and booster shots as first doses.
Changes to national data on the scale of Pennsylvania’s revisions, for example, would mean increasing the number of Americans who are unvaccinated by more than 10 million.
“The truth is, we have no idea,” said Clay Marsh, West Virginia’s Covid czar.
If that doesn’t inspire confidence, I don’t know what does. Let’s let these folks go on running things. They seem to know what they’re doing.