CDC announces comprehensive self-censorship, criticized for unclear anti-epidemic measures

US media reported that the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Warrenski announced a comprehensive review of the agency in an internal email on the 4th local time. According to the report, in the two years since the outbreak of the new crown pneumonia epidemic, the agency has repeatedly been criticized by all parties for its vague anti-epidemic measures.

According to a report by The Hill and Bloomberg on the 5th, Varensky told CDC staff that a deputy director of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will conduct a month-long comprehensive review of the agency. Meanwhile, three CDC officials will gather questions about the agency’s current structure and solicit recommendations for strategic changes. Following the review, the agency will apply new systems and processes and provide the American people with scientific plans and guidance, while developing a plan for how the CDC will be structured to advance public health efforts.

The review comes more than two years after the coronavirus pandemic has ravaged the United States. During the pandemic, the U.S. government and private companies have relied on information released by the CDC about safety measures, but the agency has often faced public criticism for unclear guidelines. Earlier this year, for example, the agency shortened the recommended period for isolation and quarantine, but did not recommend testing for the virus before returning to work. Some labor groups and health experts have criticized the guidelines for prompting a rapid return to work at the expense of the health of vulnerable groups.

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