White House Tells Hospitals To Bypass CDC On COVID Data
According to a New York Times report, the Trump administration is removing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from the process of collecting COVID-19 data. The new database will be closed to the public.
- The White House told hospitals to report data about patients to the Health and Human Services Department, which oversees the CDC. The action intends to help reallocate resources for the COVID-19 task force.
- Experts expressed concern that the new system will make it harder for people outside of the White House to stay updated with the virus. The CDC’s data collection systems are imperfect, but the new system may not be much more efficient.
- Michael Caputo of HHS said the CDC “will certainly participate” in the new process, but “will simply no longer control it.”
The White House and Republican allies continuously attack the CDC.
- President Trump and VP Pence criticized CDC guidance that called for social distancing measures in order to open schools.
- Trump and White House officials condemned the CDC’s decision to include “presumptive” COVID deaths (those who died after having COVID symptoms but were not tested) in the death tally.
- Last month, Politico reported that the White House aimed to blame the COVID response on the CDC, possibly including “narrowing the mission of the agency or trying to embed more political appointees.”