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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is heading for an overhaul after Covid failings

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s director, Rochelle Walensky, didn’t pull any punches last week when she acknowledged the agency’s Covid-19 response failures and announced sweeping changes to the CDC’s structure and operations.

“To be frank, we are responsible for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes, from testing to data to communications,” said Walensky in a video distributed via email to CDC staff. “For 75 years, CDC and public health has been preparing for Covid-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” said Walensky. “As a long-time admirer of this agency and a champion for public health, I want us all to do better.”

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