CDC: No Longer the Gold Standard

For those wondering how America’s COVID-19 response went haywire, start with the CDC.
 
From the onset of the outbreak, the agency blundered with outdated technology, faulty tests, and flawed tracing of possible case contacts. The failures have shaken confidence in an agency long considered the gold standard. A poor relationship with the president and a lack of public visibility didn’t help.
 
The early mistakes triggered a “cascade of problems” that still plague response efforts.
 
The CDC was built for such an event—“And then they flub it. It is very sad,” says Peter Lurie, a former FDA official who has worked closely with the agency.
 
The New York Times

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