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US CDC to focus on public health response after pandemic fails

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Julie Steenhuysen

A general view of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta, Sept. 30, 2014.
September 30, 2014, Atlanta Headquarters for Disease Control and Prevention. Photo/Files by Tami Chappell/REUTERS

After months of criticism of its response to the pox pandemic, it said it would prioritize the public health response in structural reforms.

According to a briefing document provided by the agency on Wednesday, an external report on its response found public guidance was causing confusion, but key information It was published too late to inform us of the federal government's decision. , responded that they were making a series of changes to de-emphasize the publication of well-vetted scientific papers.

We have been prepared, but our performance has certainly not lived up to expectations during our critical time," 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.

As part of the change, the CDC will appoint her former acting assistant secretary of health and human services, Mary Wakefield, to lead a team to help implement the restructuring, the CDC said. rice field.

This procedure follows an external review he ordered by Walensky in her April of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

To facilitate rapid communication, Wallenski wants to create her online mechanism to share her findings before they are fully published and facilitate her data review process. I think.

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