Too Much Social Distance from Washington?

The CDC’s culture of avoiding politics—and its physical location in Atlanta—have left the organization unprepared for the recent onslaught of attacks from Washington.
Some say the agency’s distance from politics protects its integrity—but it’s also left the agency with few allies amid intense acrimony around the COVID-19 response. The FDA has more than a dozen political appointees to the CDC’s 6.
Historically, the CDC had a voice in Washington but enough distance to maintain public trust, says former CDC director Tom Frieden. “… for 74 years the CDC has had that role. It’s an extraordinary time right now that it doesn’t.”

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