Despite high vaccine coverage and the simultaneous occurrence of ever emerging variants, the CDC continues to claim that it is a “myth” that “COVID-19 vaccines cause variants.” On its website, the CDC claims:
New variants of a virus happen because the virus that causes COVID-19 constantly changes through a natural ongoing process of mutation (change). As the virus spreads, it has more opportunities to change. High vaccination coverage in a population reduces the spread of the virus and helps prevent new variants from emerging. CDC recommends that everyone 5 years of age and older get vaccinated as soon as possible.
So, on March 8, 2022, ICAN, through its attorneys, filed a Freedom of Information Act request asking for its evidence that vaccines decrease variants. Specifically, ICAN sought:
All documents sufficient to support that the immunity conferred by COVID-19 vaccines does not contribute to virus evolution and the emergence of variants.
The CDC’s response? “A search of our records failed to reveal any documents pertaining to your request.” Meaning, the CDC could not find any documents to support its claim that COVID-19 vaccines do not contribute to the emergence of variants.
This is the same response we received from the CDC when we asked it for “[a]ll documents sufficient to support that COVID-19 vaccines do not create or cause variants of the virus that causes COVID-19.”
Why does this matter? Just watch this interview on the Highwire with virologist and vaccine expert, Dr. Geert Vanden Bossche, explaining how COVID-19 vaccines are driving the emergence of variants and potentially more virulent, deadly variants.