More than 1,000 current and former officers of an elite disease-fighting CDC program have signed an open letter lamenting the nation’s public-health response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and calling for the agency to play a more central role.
“The absence of national leadership on Covid-19 is unprecedented and dangerous,” said the letter, signed by current and former officers of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Epidemic Intelligence Service of outbreak investigators, The Wall Street Journal reported.
“CDC should be at the forefront of a successful response to this global public health emergency.”
Signers include two former CDC directors: Jeffrey Koplan, who led the agency under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, and Tom Frieden, who served under President Barack Obama, the Journal reported.
The letter was published Friday in the Epidemiology Monitor, a newsletter for epidemiologists.
The CDC is typically at the forefront of the U.S. response to public health crises, but the agency has largely been sidelined during the COVID-19 outbreak, Axios reported.
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