Daily Beast: The baffling guidance published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention last month advising against COVID-19 testing for those who have been exposed to the virus if they do not have symptoms was penned by Trump administration officials and published against the objections of CDC doctors, The New York Times reports.
Breaking NYT: A heavily criticized recommendation from the CDC last month about who should be tested for the coronavirus was not written by CDC scientists and was posted to the agency's website despite their serious objections. https://t.co/fMOyxAmTUg
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) September 17, 2020
CDC scientists reportedly did not approve the recommendation that was put out via the agency’s website, as they normally would with medical matters, and they objected to its message after its publication. Political staffers from the Department of Health and Human Services penned the memo, according to the Times.
The Trumpsters aren’t satisfied just ignoring science; now they’re hijacking science agencies like the CDC and replacing their reports with propaganda. This is staggering news. The CDC staff should resign en masse, especially Director Robert Redfield.https://t.co/txNFsIUThv
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) September 18, 2020
One federal official told the Times, “That was a doc that came from the top down, from the HHS and the task force. That policy does not reflect what many people at the CDC feel should be the policy.” Admiral Brett Giroir, testing coordinator for the CDC, reportedly said he did not know how or why the document skirted scientific review.
Trump is using the CDC logos to publish bogus testing guidelines that did not come from the CDC. pic.twitter.com/NJDU59zR9a
— Resistance Fighter 🆘 🇺🇸 🍑 USAF Senior NCO (@gamefish42) September 18, 2020
Public health experts have largely maintained throughout the coronavirus pandemic that the United States needs to conduct more testing, not less.
CDC scientists reportedly did not approve the recommendation that was put out via the agency’s website, as they normally would with medical matters, and they objected to its message after its publication https://t.co/MXkkzWUy3f
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) September 18, 2020