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CDC Announces ‘Reset’ After Widespread Backlash Over Handling of Covid

The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced a “reset” that will focus on making the organization quicker at responding to new health threats amid criticism of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told the agency’s staff about the changes, which include internal staffing moves and steps to speed up data releases.

“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,” she said in a statement obtained by The Washington Post. “My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.”

The changes are a CDC initiative and were not directed by the White House or other administration officials, Walensky said.

Among the changes announced Wednesday was a restructuring of the agency’s communications office and revamping its website to make public health guidance easier to find and increasing the use of preprint scientific reports to get actionable data out quicker.

Other changes included the creation of a new executive council to help Walensky set strategy and priorities, while also undoing some changes made during the Trump administration.

“I feel like it’s my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years,” Walensky told The Associated Press.

The changes come amid ongoing criticism of the agency’s response to COVID-19, monkeypox and other public health threats.

Experts said the CDC was slow to recognize how much virus was entering the U.S. from Europe, to recommend people wear masks, to say the virus can spread through the air, and to ramp up systematic testing for new variants.

The CDC has a $12 billion budget and more than 11,000 employees. Walensky became director of the agency in January 2021.

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  • Milton Wiseman says:

    Now is the time to clean house at the CDC. Shaming international recognized scientist who have different opinions on viruses that don’t run in line with the political parties state issued lines was absolutely wrong. They looked at real science and made FACT based suggestions for the American people on how to cope with COVID, they made recommendations truly based on science, something the CDC failed to do, over and over.
    Yes, the CDC needs to change and that change is to stop being a political arm of the democratic party and do real science. Billions were made by billionaires on the vaccine, businesses were destroyed and lives ruined as a result of the CDC wanderings on what exactly was the right thing to do, and gets not forget our children and grandchildren, they may never catch up their education. All this over a worthless organization that lied to us, again and again.
    Remember, November is our chance to change the country’s direction from the current state of socialism back to a democratic republic. Time to remove the democrats from the Congress once ad for all and to start holding all our elected officials to accountable governance. VOTE IN NOVEMBER and vote Republican and not those that are part of the system no, those that talk, look and act just like us, the American people, who have lived as we have, worked, owned a business, made payroll and come up just like us, not swamp creatures. God bless you and God bless America.

  • Rita says:

    We The People would like the CDC to stay the heck out of our business. Also a COMPLETE overhaul.

  • Barbara says:

    Mederma was just reported by Judicial Watch that trials for Covid vax was done on rats and showed bone deforms on their young after getting last dose whats to say our babies won’t be deformed also

  • STACY says:

    LOL, this is no reset! When the guilty leaders and scientists who lied and covered up ALL go to prison then we can talk about dismantling the entire CDC and re-building with ALL new employees/leadership. Keeping this biitch and every other jerk who played this scamdemic is not resetting anything. They think you are that stupid. We all know the democrat voters are that stupid sadly.

  • Guido says:

    Start with you and the Fauch being fired! Then mandates.

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