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The US CDC plans to focus on the public health response after criticism of the pandemic.

"For 75 years, CDC and Public Health have prepared for COVID-19, but at our critical time, our achievements are certainly promising."

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Julie Steenhuysen

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia.
US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Headquarters, Atlanta, Georgia . Photo by Tami Chappell//Reuters/File

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said it prioritized the public health response. . After months of criticism over its handling of the COVID-19 and monkeypox pandemics, it has revamped its structure.

An external report on the response found public guidance was causing confusion, while providing important information, according to a briefing document provided by the agency on Wednesday. In some cases, the publication was too late to inform the federal government of its decisions.

``For 75 years, the CDC and public We've been preparing for -19, but during our crucial time, our performance certainly did not live up to expectations," Wallenski told CDC staff.

"We want to enable all of us to do better. It starts with the CDC leading the way," she said, adding accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.

Plans to modernize the agency include providing data and changes to states that will allow the CDC to hire more staff, according to a background briefing document shared with Reuters. This includes giving the CDC new powers requiring it to report and offer more competitive salaries. Both actions require congressional approval.

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As part of the change, the CDC announced that former Acting Undersecretary of Health and Human Services in the Obama administration, Mary Wake, The agency said it will appoint a field and lead a team to help implement the restructuring.

These measures follow an external review ordered by Wallenski in April of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To encourage more rapid communication, Mr. Wallenski shared his findings before they were fully published, and reviewed his data online to expedite his process. I want to create his mechanism.

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