None taken. But I don’t think you got my point. Who said mistakes weren’t made?
“We don’t know” is an honest and transparent statement. That’s being accountable. Making stuff up isn’t. The level of certainty needs to be stated more often.
-We’re pretty sure corticosteroids save lives (Moderate level of evidence)
-We are absolutely certain COVID is more contagious than the flu (High level of evidence)
-We don’t know how long vaccines will offer immunity (Low level of evidence).
I have no problems with an agency that reverses a recommendation when new and better data becomes available. We did this with plenty of COVID therapeutics.
We need to make decisions despite uncertainties, that’s expected. This doesn’t equate to giving a free pass on policy. I’m against making extremely committal decisions (especially those that have massive implications) when the data is uncertain. If I want to try a new drug on a patient, I have a responsibility to tell them about the risk-benefit balance. I don’t have the responsibility to just give it with no such consideration.
Health officials made and continue to make STUPID decisions, based on uncertain data. They should be held accountable for this. I never condoned lockdowns or excessive restrictions, aside from last March-May.