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The CDC prevented a pandemic response, Gottlieb said

The CDC prevented a pandemic response, Gottlieb said

Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said in his new book “Uncontrolled Spread” that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention prevented the response to the coronavirus pandemic, according to Axios.

The book, scheduled for release on September 21, argues that U.S. intelligence services should have a greater impact on pandemic responses in the future.

Gottlieb argues that agencies should have greater influence, even at the expense of health agencies, and said the CDC was too slow in implementing policies and changes throughout the pandemic.

“Typically, security agencies have seen the CDC as ‘having this mission’ or ‘having the ball on this.’ They obviously do not, ā€¯Gottlieb told Axios as he discussed the book.

If intelligence services were more involved during the start of the pandemic, Gottlieb claims the United States would have moved faster to respond to the coronavirus.

“We need to have human assets in the medical community so we understand when an outbreak occurs,” Gottlieb said. “We need to have the ability to monitor typical intelligence currents, such as signal intelligence and maybe even satellite intelligence, looking for things that could be trip wires for a disease outbreak.”

The CDC has spearheaded many coronavirus restrictions implemented during the pandemic, with states and corporations following their lead on masking and vaccine mandates.

Gottlieb had specific criticisms of the agency’s 6-foot social distancing guidelines. “It was the most expensive recommendation the CDC issued during this entire pandemic,” he said.

He applauded the Trump administration for pushing back on the agency to initially set 10-foot social distance guidelines and eventually reduce it to 6-feet.

“If it had come out at that time, everyone would have said ‘Oh my God. It’s an intervention in the White House in the CDC.’ “The White House was right to oppose it. It was arbitrary and it could not be implemented,” Gottlieb said.

Social distance guidelines have now been reduced to 3 feet, but Gottlieb said the agency only reduced the requirement six months after receiving data supporting the move.

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