The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has acknowledged shortcomings in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
She announced plans to restructure the agency, restore its public image and better respond to future public health crises.
“For 75 years, the CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and at this critical moment, our performance has fallen short of expectations,” CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walinsky said Wednesday. make everything better.”
The overhaul announcement follows an internal review that found the CDC’s “tough and fragmented bureaucracy” is undermining its COVID-19 response by slowing down data analysis and issuing public warnings. The review found that when pandemic advice was provided, it was often “confusing”.
The United States leads the world in Covid-19 cases and deaths, and the CDC has been criticized for confusing reporting and slow response times. The agency also withheld much of the data it collected, in some cases out of concern that the information would be “misinterpreted.” For example, he withheld data on Covid infections among fully vaccinated Americans and the effectiveness of booster vaccines for children aged 18 to 49.
Valinsky told CNN CBS Wednesday’s news report said “the country’s public health infrastructure is failing to cope with this pandemic.” “Over the past three years, we have learned some hard lessons, and in this regard, it is the responsibility of me and the agency to learn from these lessons and work better,” she added.
The CDC has also been criticized for its handling of the monkeypox outbreak. The reorganization plan, which will require the approval of top officials in President Joe Biden’s administration, aims to get the word out to the public faster and talk about health issues in plain English rather than scientific jargon.
Valinsky also plans to make the CDC simpler, with fewer levels of accountability, and to create a smarter workforce ready to respond to crises. “We need special forces, if you will, to deploy during the pandemic,” she said.
Plans also call for a new office to promote “health equity,” although Walinsky did not explain how that could improve the response to the pandemic.