In a searing letter to the director of the US Centers for Disease Control, one of his predecessors lamented “the violation of every lesson learned in the past 75 years that made the CDC the gold standard for public health in the world”. The argument is that federal agencies could and should have taken charge of the US Covid response in all 50 states and led the world by example instead of allowing 200,000 deaths. But is it fair? And can the damage be repaired?
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Gayle E. Smith is the President and CEO of the ONE Campaign. She served as a top advisor on development issues for two American presidents and is one of the world’s leading experts on global development. Smith had previously served as special assistant to President Obama and senior director for development and democracy at the National Security Council, and as special assistant to President Clinton and senior director for African affairs at the National Security Council.
Nicolette A. Louissaint, PhD, serves as executive director and president of Healthcare Ready, a 501(c)(3) organisation that focuses on strengthening the United States’ healthcare supply chain preparedness and response before, during and after natural disasters and disease pandemics. Prior to this role, during the height of the Ebola Epidemic of 2014, Nicolette served as the Senior Advisor to the US State Department’s Special Coordinator for Ebola.
Julia Belluz, Senior Health Correspondent, Vox. Julia is Vox’s senior health correspondent, currently based in Vienna, Austria. She reports on medicine, science, and global public health across platforms and media.Before joining Vox, Julia was a Knight Science Journalism fellow at MIT. Her writing has appeared in a range of international publications, including the BMJ, the Chicago Tribune, the Economist and Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine, the Globe and Mail, the LA Times, Maclean’s, the National Post, ProPublica, Slate, and the Times of London. In 2015, she contributed a chapter to the book To Save Humanity: What Matters Most for a Healthy Future.