The CDC’s weekly MMWR reports are an important link between the CDC and the public.
Permission was granted to appoint members of the communications teams of the Department of Political and Human Services, according to a bombing report published by Politico late on Friday, to review, change and delay reports written by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was.
The POLITICO report states that the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, a public report compiled by scientists, has served as a major communication avenue between the CDC and health care providers, researchers, journalists and the public since the 1980s. Is, when the CDC has been tampered with. The findings did not align with President Donald Trump’s public statements about coronoviruses.
ABC News has not independently confirmed the Politico report.
“[The assistant secretary for public affairs] Michael Caputo, a spokesman for the Department of Health and Human Services, including the CDC, cleaned up almost all public-facing documents for all of its divisions, ABC News confirmed.
Caputo, a former Trump scientist, said, “Our aim is to ensure that the evidence, science-based data drive policy through this epidemic – deep into the CDC’s bowel, is not the intent of the state.” Statement.
In one instance, Caputo and his team pushed to retrospectively adjust CDC reports that they said increased the risk of COVID-19, according to Politico. According to the Politico story, in the opinion of the dialogue team, it was that the CDC reports did not clearly indicate that Americans with COVID-19 could be infected due to their behavior.
In another example, Caputo’s team tried to slow down a CDC report on hydroxychloroquine, a controversial malaria drug that Trump frequently referred to during press briefings as a potential COVID-19 treatment. A report about hydroxychloroquine stated that “the potential benefits of these drugs do not reduce their risks” was broadly withheld for a month, while the team investigated the CDC author’s political leanings, According to Politico.
Several CDC staff members told ABC News that they had learned that Caputo’s team attempted to revise weekly reports in a manner inconsistent with science, something they previously thought is not possible.
Democratic candidate Joe Biden weighed the Politico report through his campaign manager.
“When Donald Trump told Bob Woodward that he wanted to reduce the virus, that’s exactly the kind of betrayal he meant,” Kate Bedingfield, Biden’s deputy campaign manager, said in a statement.
“This report is evidence that the Trump administration is systematically putting political optics ahead of protecting the American people,” he said. “Trump’s failure has left us with 6 million infected, millions more unemployed and the worst outbreak in the developed world. We deserve so much better.”