By Fatiha Belfakir
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently revealed new changes of its operations and the COVID-19 quarantine protocol. This sparked a debate among both the American public and health professionals, exposing a dire need to rebuild a fundamental trust between the people and public health agencies.
The CDC played a vital role in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. Its response was crucial in protecting Americans’ health and clearing misconceptions associated with the coronavirus crisis. Jason McDonald, the press secretary for CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky M.D., M.P.H., told the AFRO-American Newspaper that throughout her tenure as director, and over the last few months in particular, Walensky has been evaluating CDC operations.
“For 75 years, the CDC and other health agencies have been preparing for COVID, 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 and it starts with the CDC leading the way. My goal is to create a new, public health action-oriented culture at the CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness. I look forward to working with the incredible team at CDC and our partners to understand the agency’s fullest potential to benefit the health and well-being of all Americans.”