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In August, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Dr. Rochelle Walensky called for an overhaul after reviewing the agency’s pandemic response.

  • The COVID-19 pandemic was the first time the CDC had to tackle a health challenge so large, according to Walensky.
  • Some causes for the low public trust for the CDC were the evolution of science, the evolution of the virus and how polarized the country is, she said.
  • Infection rates for the flu and RSV are higher than they have been in previous years, and people are becoming ill earlier in the season than before.
  • Walensky has called racism a “public health threat.” She announced the Health Equity office to understand what communities of special populations need and address their health concerns.

SEE ALSO | CDC official responded to “eerie” alert about new virus in late 2019

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