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CDC Director Rochelle Walensky called for sweeping changes after an external review found its response to the coronavirus pandemic to be slow and confusing (Picture: Reuters/AP)
The director of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is calling for an overhaul of the agency after an external review found its response to the coronavirus pandemic to be slow and confusing.
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky announced the sweeping changes with a rebuke to her agency’s actions before taking over in 2021.
‘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 told staff. ‘My goal is a new, public health, action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication and timeliness.’
In an agency briefing document first reported on by The New York Times, the CDC acknowledged that its response had caused confusion and sometimes was came too late to inform government decisions.
Walensky reportedly wants the agency to move away from producing data for medical and public health publications, and to focus more on messaging.
Funding at the agency will be decided with a ‘bias toward public health impact’, the briefing document reads.
Walensky also wants the agency to focus on getting relevant information out to the public as fast as possible, without waiting for the lengthy peer review process.
‘I’ve really tried hard to push data out when we had it,’ she told the Times.
Walensky will require authorization from Congress in order to implement some of her proposed changes. These including giving more authority to state health departments to report data and allowing the CDC to hire employees faster in times of crisis.
Earlier this year, Walensky ordered the external review into the agency’s handling of the pandemic in the early months of 2020. The review was overseen by James Macrae, a former official at the Department of Health and Human Services. Macrae’s final report has not yet been released to the public.
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