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More than 1000 Current & Former CDC Officials Slam Trump's Chaotic Response to the Pandemic

More than 1,000 current and former health officials, scientists, and epidemic intelligence officers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention [CDC] released a letter yesterday slamming the President's chaotic and politicized response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Letter: "The absence of national leadership on COVID-19 is unprecedented and dangerous. The US epidemic is sustained by deadly chains of transmission that crisscross the entire country. Yet states and territories have been left to invent their own differing systems for defining, diagnosing and reporting cases of this highly contagious disease. Inconsistent contact tracing efforts are confined within each state’s borders — while coronavirus infections sadly are not. Such chaos is what CDC customarily avoided by its long history of collaboration with state and local health authorities in developing national systems for disease surveillance and coordinated control."

In the letter, they also argue that Trump's politicization of the agency has undermined the CDC's role in providing leadership and guidance during such a crisis.

Letter: "We hereby express our concern about the ominous politicization and silencing of the nation’s health protection agency during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In previous public health crises, CDC provided the best available information and straightforward recommendations directly to the public. It was widely respected for effectively synthesizing and applying scientific evidence from epidemiologists and biomedical researchers at CDC and worldwide. Its historic credibility was based on incomparable expertise and 70+ years of institutional memory. That focus and organization is hardly recognizable today."

This letter is unprecedented. CDC scientists aren't deep state politicians attempting to weaken the President. They are health professionals attempting to save lives and Donald Trump is the biggest impediment to their work. They are saying what so many others have; the President's lies and incompetence during the crises have cost American lives.

#news #coronavirus

By: Don Lam & Curated Content

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