- More than 1,000 current and former CDC officials have signed an open letter criticizing the health agency’s politics in response to the coronavirus pandemic.
- “The lack of national leadership in COVID-19 is unprecedented and dangerous,” the letter stated.
- President Donald Trump’s administration has been criticized for interfering with the CDC for its political agenda. In September, Trump nominees reported delayed CDC reports that did not conform to its policies.
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More than 1,000 current and former CDC officials have signed an open letter criticizing the health agency̵7;s policy on the US response to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Through this we express our concern about the political instability and the calming of the country’s health care agency in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic,” the letter stated.
The letter was signed by the current or alumni official of the CDC Epidemic Intelligence Service, including Jeffrey Koplan, the agency’s director under former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.
“The lack of national leadership in COVID-19 is unprecedented and dangerous,” the letter added. “Inconsistent contact monitoring efforts are confined within the borders of each state – while coronavirus infections are sadly not. Such turmoil is what the CDC has long avoided in its long history. of working with state and local health authorities on developing national systems for disease monitoring and coordinated control. “
The letter came after 62% of adults reported last month that they feared “political pressure” would hasten a coronavirus vaccine, according to a new poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation. Last month, Politico reported an email suggesting that Trump administration officials had delayed reports to the CDC in violation of the president’s political stance. Earlier this month, the Associated Press reported that the White House had planted a political switch to watch out for agency scientists.
The US recently introduced a third major wave of coronavirus cases that experts fear may be the worst so far, Business Insider Aria Bendix reported. So far the US has recorded a total of more than 8 million cases and more than 200,000 deaths, according to John Hopkins University.