CDC director claiming that the COVID-19 response did not consistently match expectations

CDC director claiming that the COVID-19 response ‘did not consistently match expectations –  In response to criticism of its reaction to the COVID-19 epidemic, the head of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday a “reset” that will focus on making the organization more responsive to future health threats. Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, informed the agency’s personnel about the adjustments, which include internal staffing changes and measures to expedite data releases.

In a statement published by The Washington Post, she stated, “For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not consistently match expectations.” “My objective is to create a new, action-oriented public health culture at the CDC that values accountability, teamwork, communication, and punctuality.” Walensky stated that the adjustments were initiated by the CDC and not by the White House or other administration officials.

Among the changes announced on Wednesday were a reorganization of the agency’s communications office and a redesign of its website to make public health advice more accessible, as well as an increase in the use of preprint scientific reports to expedite the dissemination of actionable data.

CDC director claiming that the COVID-19 response did not consistently match expectations
CDC director claiming that the COVID-19 response did not consistently match expectations

 

Other modifications included the formation of a new executive committee to assist Walensky in setting strategy and priorities, as well as the reversal of certain Trump-era modifications.

Walensky told The Associated Press, “I feel it’s my job to bring this agency to a better place after three extremely difficult years.” The agency’s reaction to COVID-19, monkeypox, and other public health hazards continues to be criticized.

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The CDC was sluggish to realize how much virus was entering the United States from Europe, to urge that people wear masks, to state that the virus can transmit through the air, and to increase systematic testing for new strains, according to experts. The CDC has a budget of $12 billion and employs over 11,000 people. In January 2021, Walensky became the director of the agency.

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