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CDC To Undergo Major Structural Changes Amidst Wide-spread Criticism for Rather Ponderous Handling of Critical Situations

The CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention), America’s top public health agency, is all set to undergo significant structural changes.

It is widely believed that the proposed changes are a consequence of the significant criticism against how the agency handled recent diseases, including monkey pox and the ongoing pandemic, Covid-19. 

The Wednesday announcements by the CDC director hinted at a significant reshuffle in internal staffing and new strategies for improving data speed.

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“I feel like it’s my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a challenging three years,” says Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director, CDC since 2021. Walensky had always emphasized the need for better communication and coordination for the CDC.

In April this year, Walensky initiated an in-depth and comprehensive review of the agency. As a result, the agency confirmed that it expects several changes to be approved by early next year. Any changes proposed by the CDC need approval by the Secretary Department of Health and Human Services.

These changes are exclusively by the CDC and not under orders from the White House or other higher officials involved in the Health Department. 

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Although it is customary for all CDC directors to make organizational changes, the recent changes are being viewed as the agency’s answer to the ongoing criticism against how it handled critical illnesses, including the covid-19.

During the days of the corona pandemic, the public outcry against the CDC reached its peak. Experts have clearly said the agency was equipped with the collection and analysis of vast amounts of health-related data but failed in,

  • Accurately predicting how many viruses will enter the nation from European Countries
  • Making the public aware that the pandemic is air-borne
  • Upgrading testing capabilities as new variants kept emerging
  • In Sorting vast amounts of data to make critical information available to the public
  • Creating enough awareness of the importance of wearing masks
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