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How the US Response to Covid-19 Broke Its Top Notch Health Authorities

A series of bad decisions and ill-considered policies, as well as unrivaled political interference, have resulted in the FDA and CDC losing the trust of the public and scientists


October 28, 2020

By Chelsea Whyte

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When the US sees a third surge in coronavirus cases, the two authorities tasked with guiding it through the public health crisis lost their greatest asset: trust. The effects could be catastrophic, and one expert warns the country could be headed for a national security crisis.

"Both the FDA and the CDC share a common element, which is public trust," said J. Stephen Morrison of the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington DC. "This is your essential capital that you must have …