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CDC admits botching Covid-19 response – RT World News

The US Disease Control Agency announced an overhaul to strengthen its handling of public health emergencies

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged flaws in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic and announced plans to restructure the agency to rehabilitate its public image and better respond to future crises. public health.

“For 75 years, the CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said Wednesday. “As a longtime admirer of this agency and a champion of public health, I want us all to do better.”

The announcement of the revision follows an internal review that found the CDC “a rigid and compartmentalised bureaucracy” undermined its response to Covid-19 and slowed its analysis of data and publication of public advisories. When pandemic advice was offered, it was often “confusing and overwhelming”, the review found.

The United States leads the world by far in Covid-19 cases and deaths, and the CDC has been criticized for its confusing messaging and slow response times. The agency also withheld much of the data it collected, in some cases because it feared the information would be “misinterpreted”. For example, it withheld data on Covid-19 infections among fully vaccinated Americans and the effectiveness of vaccine boosters for 18-49 year olds.

“Our public health infrastructure in the country was not up to the task of managing this pandemic,” Walensky told CBS News on Wednesday. She added, “We’ve learned some hard lessons over the past three years, and as part of that, it’s my responsibility, it’s the agency’s responsibility, to learn from those lessons and do better.”

The CDC has also drawn criticism for its handling of the monkeypox outbreak. The reorganization plan, which will require approval from the top brass of President Joe Biden’s administration, aims to educate the public more quickly and talk about health issues in plain English rather than scientific jargon.

Walensky also plans to streamline the CDC, with fewer hierarchical layers, and develop a more agile workforce that is ready to respond to crises. “We need to have special forces, if you will, to deploy in times of pandemic,” she says.

Plans also include the creation of a new office to promote “equity in health care” although Walensky did not specify how this would improve the response to the pandemic.

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