More than 1,000 current and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemic officials signed an open letter, emphasizing the agency’s “poor politics” throughout the pandemic coronavirus.
Why it matters: The CDC typically leads the United States in response to public health crises, but the agency was further sidelined during the outbreak of COVID-19, the White House’s attempt to control messaging, which, at times, contradicted in scientific evidence.
What they say: “We hereby express our concern about the political instability and silence of the country’s health care agency in the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, “the letter, first published in May and recently exceeded 1,000 signatures.
- “In recent public health crises, the CDC has provided the best available information and direct recommendations directly to the public. It is widely respected for effectively synthesizing and applying scientific evidence from epidemiologists and biomedical researchers to the CDC. and all over the world. “
- “Its historical credibility is based on the unparalleled expertise and 70+ years of memory of the institution. That focus and organization is almost unrecognizable today,” the letter, so far signed by 1,044 people, states.
- “The lack of national leadership in COVID-19 is unprecedented and dangerous.”
- “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 cooperation with state and local health authorities in developing national systems for disease monitoring and coordinated control.
- “The CDC must be at the forefront of a successful response to global public health emergencies. We immediately call on the American people and our country’s leaders to allow the CDC to continue its much-needed role.”
Including sides: A Trump administration official told the WSJ that “the CDC occupies a critical position in the (coronavirus) force, made up of public health leaders with a range of critical efficiency.”
Go deeper: Read the full letter of the epidemic intelligence service officers