Dr. Robert Redfield, the former head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), shed light on the factors contributing to the public’s hesitancy toward the COVID-19 vaccine.
He pinpointed the federal officials’ apprehension about fostering an open dialogue on the subject as a significant cause of this hesitancy.
“I always said … my position was just tell the American public the truth: There are side effects to vaccines. Tell them the truth, and don’t try to package it,” he told Fox News.
Redfield, an experienced virologist, was aware of individuals within the federal government who expressed concerns about the American public’s reluctance to receive the COVID vaccine. He criticized the portrayal of the vaccine as providing “complete” immunity, labeling it a “false perception.” He believed that other federal officials were pushing this narrative.
“There was such an attempt to not let anybody get any hint that maybe vaccines weren’t foolproof, which, of course, we now know they have significant limitations,” he said.