Why Is Walensky (CDC) Refusing To Answer This Senator’s Questions

Why Is Walensky Refusing to Answer this Senator’s Questions?

By: Sharyl Attkisson

Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisconsin) has taken a lead throughout the Covid-19 pandemic to hold public health officials and agencies accountable if they’ve failed to provide accurate and timely information to the public for whom they work.

From masks, vaccines, and school shutdowns, to the origination of Covid-19, Johnson has been asking critical questions. However, he says he has received very few answers.

According to Johnson, Centers for Disease Control (CDC) Director Rochelle Walensky is one of the public health officials who has been non-compliant with his requests.

To date, Johnson says he has made eight specific requests, directly of Walensky, that have gone unanswered.

In his most recent attempt to get data, he writes:

In the midst of a pandemic, it is unacceptable that CDC would withhold relevant data on Covid-19 that could inform the public and potentially save lives. Moreover, it is grossly arrogant that your agency has repeatedly ignored Congressional requests.”

Read Senator Johnson’s latest letter to Director Walensky below:


March 1, 2022

Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., MPH Director
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Dear Director Walensky:

Over the last year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has failed to be transparent to the American people and their elected representatives. Specifically, CDC has not responded to my multiple requests for information about COVID-19. In addition, CDC has reportedly “withheld information” about COVID-19 from the public that “could help state and local health officials better target their efforts to bring the virus under control.”1 In the midst of a pandemic, it is unacceptable that CDC would withhold relevant data on COVID-19 that could inform the public and potentially save lives. Moreover, it is grossly arrogant that your agency has repeatedly ignored Congressional requests.

To date, I have sent you numerous letters requesting information about COVID-19 including records and data on the virus, school guidance, and the vaccines. For the letters listed below, you have either failed to respond or your response was significantly incomplete:

  • May 19, 2021 – Requesting records relating to teachers’ unions and CDC guidance.

  • June 28, 2021 – Requesting information about COVID-19 vaccine adverse events.

  • July 13, 2021 – Requesting information on vaccine safety monitoring.

  • July 30, 2021 – Requesting data CDC used to create a slide deck on COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness.

  • August 22, 2021 – Regarding the Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee meeting.

  • September 15, 2021 – Requesting information on the effectiveness of natural immunity as protection from COVID-19.

  • October 5, 2021 – Requesting information on early treatments for COVID-19.

  • December 29, 2021 – Requesting information about vaccine lot variation data.1 Apoorva Mandavilli, The C.D.C. isn’t publishing large portions of the Covid data it collects, NY Times, Feb. 21, 2022.

CDC’s failure to respond to Congress appears to be one piece of the agency’s larger problem with public transparency. According to the New York Times, during the “[t]wo full years into the pandemic, the [CDC] has published only a tiny fraction of the data it has collected.”2 The CDC’s apparent indifference toward transparency during a pandemic is disturbing and shameful.

Throughout the pandemic, CDC and other health agencies have promoted inconsistent policies and recommendations regarding COVID-19. Many Americans who voiced concerns about these shifting policies have been subjected to ridicule, vilification, and censorship from the press. Rather than provide the public with complete access to relevant data to justify its COVID- 19 policies, the Biden Administration has apparently favored censorship over transparency.

In my continued effort to ensure that the American people have access to complete and accurate data about COVID-19, I renew my previous requests and call on you to immediately respond to all of my outstanding letters. Additionally, I would like you to brief my staff on whether CDC is withholding data from the public as reported by the New York Times and provide the names and titles of CDC officials who may have withheld the relevant information. I ask that this briefing occur no later than March 15, 2022. Thank you for your attention to this matter.

cc: The Honorable Xavier Becerra Secretary

Department of Health and Human Services

The Honorable Christi Grimm
Inspector General
Department of Health and Human Services


Ron Johnson
United States Senator


The above article (Why Is Walensky Refusing to Answer this Senator’s Questions?) was originally created and published by the BROWNSTONE INSTITUTE and is republished here with permission and attribution to author Sharyl Attkisson and brownstone.org.

About the above articles Author: Sharyl Attkisson is an American journalist and television correspondent. She hosts the Sinclair Broadcast Group TV show Full Measure with Sharyl Attkisson. Attkisson is a five-time Emmy Award winner, and a Radio Television Digital News Association (RTNDA) Edward R. Murrow Award recipient. 

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1 Comment on Why Is Walensky (CDC) Refusing To Answer This Senator’s Questions

  1. We have heard many of the questions from Senators, many in governmental positions. physicians, scientist, to FDA and CDC and WHO, Pharma, etc and they are not answering or care to. All this talk and writing but no one seems to do anything about it. Where is this power that is suppose to be held by the Senate? Is it just a show or part of the play of the delusional illusion? There are crooks, terrorists and totalitarian psychopathic leaders in our systems but no one does anything about it. We have to wait for an election, but who are you going to vote for, the same old? The left wing or right wing of the same bird. Are you sure the elections will not be fixed? These systems do not work and it is like doing the same thing over and over and expect a different outcome, this is called insanity. Even though many are wanting the red to win, ask yourself what have they done in the last two years regarding our human rights and Constitutional rights? We may vote for the red, they win and we may find ourselves in another pickle jar worse than the DemocRATs. Maybe stay aways from the same parities, look beyond what you have known and take a chance on those that believe in unity, peace and freedom, especially those that have not been bent and formed by the bureaucRATS of governments.

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