CDC Is Reorganizing After Criticism


The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is reportedly reorganizing including “internal staffing moves and steps to speed up data releases” after ongoing criticism of the agency’s response to COVID-19, monkeypox and other public health threats.

The NPR New reports that Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the agency director, reportedly told The Associated Press “I feel like it’s my my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years”.

Dr. Walensky said in a statement “My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.  I look forward to working with the incredible people at CDC and our partners to realize the agency’s fullest potential to benefit the health and well-being of all Americans.”

The NPR News writes “The agency has long been criticized as too ponderous, focusing on collection and analysis of data but not acting quickly against new health threats. But public unhappiness with the agency grew dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts said the CDC was slow to recognize how much virus was entering the U.S. from Europe, to recommend people wear masks, to say the virus can spread through the air, and to ramp up systematic testing for new variants.”

Jason Schwartz, a health policy researcher at the Yale School of Public Health, told NPR News “We saw during COVID that CDC’s structures, frankly, weren’t designed to take in information, digest it and disseminate it to the public at the speed necessary.”

According to NPR News, Dr. Walensky reportedly intends to “get rid of some of the reporting layers that exist, and I’d like to work to break down some of the silos.”