Over 1,000 current and ex-CDC officers decry the "politicization" of the agency

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"The absence of national leadership on COVID-19 is unprecedented and dangerous," a letter states.
More than 1,000 current and former Centers for Disease Control and Prevention epidemic intelligence officers have signed an open letter, decrying "the ominous politicization" of the agency throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Why it matters: The CDC is typically at the forefront of the U.S. response to public health crises, but the agency has largely been sidelined during the COVID-19 outbreak, with the White House attempting to control messaging, which, at times, contradicts scientific evidence.

Trump health appointees have reportedly interfered with the CDC's COVID-19 reports.

What they're saying: "We hereby express our concern about the ominous politicization and silencing of the nation's health protection agency during the ongoing COVID-19…
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