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Inside the Fall of the CDC

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Once considered the world’s greatest public health organization, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has always led the response to health crises. But since the beginning of the coronavirus outbreak, the agency has been silenced and largely neutered by unprecedented political interference from the White House.

A recent ProPublica investigation, “Inside the Fall of the CDC,” provides the most comprehensive look at meddling inside the CDC from a White House determined to prioritize the president’s message (and re-election campaign) over public health. From botched COVID-19 tests to line-by-line edits that Trump advisors made to official health guidance, the reporting also sheds new light on the missteps and repeated capitulations made by some of the government’s top scientists during the biggest public health crisis in a century.

Join the story’s reporting team to learn how they gained access into the insular world of CDC scientists to reveal the escalating tensions, paranoia and pained discussions that unfolded behind the walls of the agency’s Atlanta headquarters. Reporters James Bandler, Patricia Callahan, Sebastian Rotella and Kirsten Berg, as well as deputy managing editor Tracy Weber, will share the most surprising things they learned and answer your questions.

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