Thursday, March 26

Chaos at the CDC slowed an early response to a virus. This is news?

ProPublica is doing a great job at digging but they need to examine the CDC response to Swine Flu in 2009 to understand that the problems at the organization are systemic, and have been for a long time.  Part of the reason is that the CDC confused scientific research with public health. Another part is that they began hiring according to political correctness -- more females, more People of Color, etc. -- rather than relevant experience and proven competence.  Another part, horrifically evident during the Swine Flu, is that they bank too much on vaccines despite the massive amount of red tape for vaccine development in Western countries. But this is a long story. For now:

March 26, 12:18 p.m. EDT

The CDC fumbled its communication with public health officials and underestimated the threat of the coronavirus even as it gained a foothold in the United States, according to hundreds of pages of documents ProPublica obtained.



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