Where is the CDC? How Trump sidelined the public health agency in a pandemic

Posted by on May 14, 2020 3:00 am
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been at the heart of activity in previous health emergencies but its science-based approach is out of favour at the White House

Robert Redfield, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the world’s premier public health agency, was stooped over the White House lectern. He conceded that the coronavirus pandemic had “overwhelmed” the US, and that there would be a “difficult” second wave of the virus later in the year.

His boss had different thoughts, however. Redfield, a career virologist, made way for Donald Trump, the US president and former host of The Apprentice, who intoned to the cameras that Redfield had been “totally misquoted” in a previous Washington Post story warning of a damaging resurgence of Covid-19.

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