Top CDC official warns US not ready for next pandemic | TheHill

Top CDC official warns US not ready for next pandemic | TheHill

The number two official at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is warning that without consistent, long-term funding of public health, the U.S. won't be any better prepared for the next pandemic. In an interview with The Hill on Wednesday, Anne Schuchat, the CDC’s principal deputy director, said the U.S. was not prepared for COVID-19 due to years of inadequate investment in public health infrastructure. Emergency funding has helped public health agencies fight back against the coronavirus, Schuchat said, but unless that level of spending can be sustained, the country is in danger of repeating the same mistakes. "I think the critical learning about how to do better next time is the need to greatly invest in public health, and not just respond to emergencies," Schuchat said. "This is a big job, and it can't be like Ebola or H1N1 where there's emergency funding and then everything goes away. This needs to be sustained or we will be exactly where we were last year." Schuchat is set to retire this month after 33 years at the agency. She doesn't …
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