The CDC is about to get blown up and restructured.
But it’s not a good thing.
I’ll explain why in a minute.
First, here was the announcement:
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said she will restructure the agency to address their shortcomings that became obvious during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Nicole Saphier, MD (@NBSaphierMD) August 17, 2022
The CDC failed the American people especially our children. It’s time for an overhaul. https://t.co/ImFbdvGPNx
— Mercedes Schlapp (@mercedesschlapp) August 17, 2022
Even CNN covered it:
Big changes are coming to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary as the nation’s lead public health agency.
CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky met with senior leadership at the agency this morning to lay out her plans for overhauling how the agency works. She plans to remake the culture to help the agency move faster when it responds to a public health crisis. She also wants to make it easier for other parts of the government to work with the CDC, and wants to simplify and streamline the website to get rid of overlapping and contradictory public health guidance.
“My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness. I look forward to working with the incredible people at CDC and our partners to realize the agency’s fullest potential to benefit the health and well-being of all Americans,” Walensky said in a statement on Wednesday.
Staff was notified of the plans by email. More than 12,000 people work at the agency, which is headquartered in Atlanta.
The changes will be aimed at improving the culture and restoring public trust after the agency’s acknowledged missteps in its response to the Covid-19 pandemic.
So, why is this bad news?
Because if you’re paying attention they are not admitting they failed the American public by their totalitarian over-reach.
No, to the contrary, they appear to be saying they didn’t do ENOUGH…
Didn’t act quickly enough…
Didn’t get good enough results…
Couldn’t enforce what they wanted strongly enough…
In other words, they thought the CDC was going to be their method of execution for the American public and it failed…so its being retooled to be more effective (and hence more deadly).
I guess enough people didn’t get locked down in their houses for long enough!
Enough people didn’t lose enough jobs for failing to take the poison vaxx!
THAT is what these people view as a failure here — not what you and I think was the failure!
The CDC does not need to be restructured, it needs to be blown up and removed from the face of this Earth (figuratively, of course).
Don Jr. gets it:
Seems to me that the CDC owes your “conspiracy theorist” friend an apology! pic.twitter.com/02R1NPk1P0
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) August 15, 2022
I like this too:
The CDC admits “they blew it” with COVID. All these business owners that lost their businesses due to CDC guidance should do a class action lawsuit against the US government.
— “El Viejo” Malave (@PatriotMalave67) August 17, 2022
I don’t agree with this as much for all the reasons stated above, although I wish this were the case:
BOTCHED PANDEMIC RESPONSE—sweeping rebuke of @CDCDirector agency’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, saying it had failed to respond quickly enough and needed to be overhauled. Changes stem from “scathing criticism” of @CDCgov’s pandemic response.🧵https://t.co/RDmc7cWYcE pic.twitter.com/wGZoHCSCaD
— Eric Feigl-Ding (@DrEricDing) August 17, 2022
Charles is right:
Little late on this one https://t.co/YkYtBS1ifO
— Charles Gasparino (@CGasparino) August 17, 2022
Exactly right Alan:
The comedy is that this woman who should be in jail for lying to the public is the one claiming she will restore trust.@CDCDirector "met with senior leadership at the agency this morning to lay out her plans for overhauling how the agency works."https://t.co/9QGzTxfVLf
— Alan Roberts (@TheMFingCOO) August 17, 2022
Phil, see comments above:
CDC director orders reorganization, saying COVID response 'did not reliably meet expectations'
@CDCgov admits they botched it
This may be as close as we ever get to an apology from TheExperts™
It’s Fauci’s turn now to accept his responsibility https://t.co/ZcidK2yZo5
— Phil Holloway ❄️ 😭 (@PhilHollowayEsq) August 17, 2022
Here are more details, from Fox News:
The director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Wednesday announced a “reset” that will focus on making the organization quicker at responding to new health threats amid criticism of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The CDC’s director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, told the agency’s staff about the changes, which include internal staffing moves and steps to speed up data releases.
“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,” she said in a statement obtained by The Washington Post. “My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.”
The changes are a CDC initiative and were not directed by the White House or other administration officials, Walensky said.
Among the changes announced Wednesday was a restructuring of the agency’s communications office and revamping its website to make public health guidance easier to find and increasing the use of preprint scientific reports to get actionable data out quicker.
Other changes included the creation of a new executive council to help Walensky set strategy and priorities, while also undoing some changes made during the Trump administration.
“I feel like it’s my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years,” Walensky told The Associated Press.
The changes come amid ongoing criticism of the agency’s response to COVID-19, monkeypox and other public health threats.
So what do you think?