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1,000 Former CDC Officers Question Agency's Role in Pandemic

1,000 Former CDC Officers Question Agency's Role in Pandemic
In an open letter published Friday, 1,044 former members of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, expressed concern over the diminished role of the public health agency during the coronavirus pandemic.

Photo: Erin Scott / Pool (Getty Images) In an open letter published this week, 1,044 former and current officers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service, a renowned fellowship program that focuses on research and emergency response, expressed concern over the diminished role of the public health agency during the coronavirus pandemic.The letter highlighted the fact that in previous public health crises, the CDC provided the best available information and recommendations to the public.“CDC should be at the forefront of a successful response to this global public health emergency,” the former and current CDC officers write.Jody Serrano Today 3:33PM • p Cdc Cdc health coronavirus covid-19 Donald Trump 18 Save Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, wears a protective mask during a House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis hearing on July 31, 2020.

From being bullied into supporting President Donald Trump’s push to reopen schools to recommending against the testing of asymptomatic people that had been exposed to the virus ( which it later walked back ), the agency has not been the beacon of science and security we expect it to be during a pandemic.The letter, published in the journal Epidemiology Monitor, was written by physicians, nurses, scientists and other health professionals that are former or current members of the EIS program.

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