Trump’s Coronavirus Task Force Contradicts and Sidelines the CDC

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has been sidelined and contradicted by the White House coronavirus task force.

The Washington Post notes the bizarre situation:

Ever since [Mike Pence’s] team took over the response, they have treated the outbreak as a public relations crisis as much as a public health crisis and have tightly managed communications of top health and administration officials, officials have said…

Neither CDC Director Robert Redfield nor Anne Schuchat, the principal deputy director who has played key roles in CDC’s emergency responses stretching back two decades, including the 2009 influenza pandemic, have appeared behind the podium during White House coronavirus task force briefings for more than a week,

Tom Inglesby, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, said the CDC has been overtaken by conflicting messages from the White House:

It is confusing for the public to have CDC say no gatherings of more than 50 people, and the next day, the task force says no gatherings of more than 10 people. If the information has changed, tell everyone why. Let’s make sure everyone is on the same page.

(Source: The Washington Post)

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