The following is an excerpt from Yahoo! Finance via Marketwatch.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is planning to revamp itself following a one-month review by an outside senior federal health official, according to its head, Dr. Rochelle Walensky.
The move comes after criticism of the agency for its handling of the pandemic, for issuing confusing guidance over masking, isolation and quarantine, and for changing tack repeatedly.
The CDC botched the initial rollout of a diagnostic kit that was sent to state laboratories and had to be replaced. It later flip-flopped on face mask wearing and was late to understanding that the virus was airborne. In May of 2021, for example, Walensky said vaccinated people could remove face masks indoors, just weeks before a surge of breakthrough cases that showed they could spread the virus.
The CDC, long considered a gold standard in public health care, has seen its reputation take a battering from the missteps.
Walensky said Jim Macrae, a veteran of the Health Resources and Services Administration and the Department of Health and Human Sources, will conduct the review. Several other senior CDC staffers will also gather feedback on the agency’s structure and hear ideas for change.
“At the conclusion of this collective effort, we will develop new systems and processes to deliver our science and program to the American people, along with a plan for how CDC should be structured to facilitate the public health work we do,” Walensky said in emailed comments. (Continued)
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