The head of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced a shake-up of the organisation, by saying it fell short while responding to COVID-19 and it needs to become more serious.
The planned changes at the US CDC, and leaders call it a reset, come amid criticism of the response to COVID-19 of CDC, with monkeypox and several other public health threats, and these changes include internal staffing moves, and also steps to increase the speed of data releases.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of US CDC, said it is a CDC initiative, and was not directed by the officials of the government of the United States. She told to the US CDC staff, for 75 years, US CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in their big moment, their performance does not meet the expectations.
The US CDC, with a 12 billion dollar budget, and over 11,000 employees, is charged with protecting the people of the United States from disease outbreaks, and several other public threats.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky said she feel like it is her responsibility to lead the agency of being a better place after the challenging three years. US CDC has long been criticised as being too focused on collection and analysis of data but not acting quickly against new health threats.