Prestigious Medical Journal, The Lancet, Slams Trump For Interfering With CDC During COVID-19 Pandemic

The Lancet, a prestigious medical journal based in the U.K., slammed President Donald Trump for interfering with the Centers for Disease Coontrol and Prevention (CDC) during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 85,000 Americans as of May 15:

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the flagship agency for the nation’s public health, has seen its role minimized and become an ineffective and nominal adviser in the response to contain the spread of the virus…

More recently, the Trump administration has questioned guidelines that the CDC has provided. These actions have undermined the CDC’s leadership and its work during the COVID-19 pandemic…

The USA is still nowhere near able to provide the basic surveillance or laboratory testing infrastructure needed to combat the COVID-19 pandemic…

The Administration is obsessed with magic bullets—vaccines, new medicines, or a hope that the virus will simply disappear…

The Trump administration’s further erosion of the CDC will harm global cooperation in science and public health, as it is trying to do by defunding WHO.

A strong CDC is needed to respond to public health threats, both domestic and international, and to help prevent the next inevitable pandemic.

Americans must put a president in the White House come January, 2021, who will understand that public health should not be guided by partisan politics.

(Source: The Lancet)

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