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Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson alleges CDC participated in censoring information on COVID-19 vaccine

In a letter to the CDC Director, Johnson cites an incident when one of his social media posts about the COVID-19 vaccine was labeled as misleading.

August 31, 2023 4:50pm

Updated: August 31, 2023 4:50pm

Wisconsin GOP Sen. Ron Johnson has accused the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of working with social media companies to censor information regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. 

“Based on recent information I have received … it is clear that CDC abused its authority by engaging in a censorship campaign to suppress and discredit certain viewpoints it labeled as ‘misinformation,'” Johnson wrote in a letter to CDC Director Dr. Mandy Cohen earlier this week.

In the letter, Johnson cites an incident when one of his social media posts about the COVID-19 vaccine was labeled as misleading, and requested that the CDC give over documents regarding communications between social media companies and the CDC. 

"CDC’s campaign to encourage social media companies to suppress CDC’s own data appears to be a blatant attempt to mislead the public about adverse events associated with the COVID-19 vaccines," the letter continued. 

Johnson has been one of the most vocal members in the Senate regarding accountability for COVID-19 vaccine injuries and the origins of the disease.

He wrote another letter earlier this year to CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, demanding the CDC supply him with complete data on the side effects of COVID-19 vaccines, alleging that the agency has withheld material information from his office.

"Since June 2022, despite multiple requests for information, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has repeatedly failed to provide my office with complete data regarding its surveillance of COVID-19 vaccine adverse events," that letter reads.

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