• Walensky: CDC Did Not "Reliably Meet Expectations" on COVID-19

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    The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday acknowledged that the agency fell short of expectations in its handling
    of the coronavirus pandemic and announced drastic changes for its

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    “For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19,
    and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet
    expectations,” Walensky said in a statement. “My goal is a new, public
    health, action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication and timeliness.”

    The agency in April announced a review of its “structure, systems and processes.” The review came after criticism that the agency was slow to
    alter COVID-19 guidance in the face of changing science and often
    produced confusing recommendations that were difficult for the public
    to decipher.

    “Never in its 75-year history has [the] CDC had to make decisions so
    quickly, based on often limited, real-time and evolving science,”
    Walensky said at the time. “As we’ve challenged our state and local
    partners, we know that now is the time for CDC to integrate the lessons
    learned into a strategy for the future.”

    [ READ: CDC: Most Americans Should Consider Masking ]
    The full report is expected to be made public sometime this week, but a
    summary of potential changes said that the agency is considering
    restructuring its website and producing “plain language” guidance,
    according to The Hill. It additionally acknowledged that it “takes too
    long for CDC to publish its data and science for decision making.”

    Changes would also include the appointment of Mary Wakefield, a former
    Obama administration health official, to lead the agency’s move toward
    a stronger public health focus. Additionally, the CDC will strengthen
    the response team for public health emergencies, according to The New
    York Times.

    Let's go Brandon!

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