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  Posted 21 March 2020 - 10:35 PM

False Claim About CDC's Global Anti-Pandemic Work

By D'Angelo Gore
Posted March 12, 2020


As the COVID-19 disease caused by the new coronavirus has spread around the world, a number of politicians, news organizations and public figures have made the false claim that the Trump administration cut the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's anti-pandemic work in over 40 countries to just 10. The CDC told us that's not true.

The claim appears to have been based solely on outdated news reports from early 2018 that said the CDC was preparing to dramatically reduce its work helping to prevent infectious-disease epidemics. Those reports said much of that work on the Global Health Security Agenda, a pact between over 60 nations that began in 2014, had been funded by a five-year, nearly $600 million supplemental package that was dwindling. That one-time funding, which Congress originally appropriated in response to the Ebola epidemic in West Africa in 2014, ran out at the end of September 2019.

The director of the CDC's Center for Global Health did say at the time that, without additional funding, its Division of Global Health Protection "will have to scale its global health security portfolio to focus efforts based on existing resources," as the Wall Street Journal first reported in January 2018. If that happened, the official said the CDC would shift its focus to just 10 "priority countries" and "plan for the completion of its country-based programs" in 39 other nations, the Journal's story said.

Those hypothetical cuts were avoided, however, because Congress later provided more funding for the CDC's global health programs, the CDC told us in a statement.

But in remarks from the Senate floor on Feb. 24, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer claimed the Trump administration made "drastic cuts to the global health division at CDC," before saying, "In 2018, CDC was forced to reduce the number of countries it operated in from 49 to 10."

Three days later, Democratic Sen. Chris Murphy of Connecticut made a similar claim on Twitter ó though he used slightly different figures.

"President Obama set up anti-pandemic programs in 47 vulnerable countries, as a way to protect against something just like Coronavirus breaking out across the world," Murphy wrote. "Experts begged Trump to keep them open. He closed 37 of them."

Murphy's tweet appeared to catch the attention of Joy Behar, co-host of ABC's "The View," who made the same claim on the daytime talk show March 9.

Murphy's office did not respond when we asked for a source for his statement, and Schumer's office told us Schumer relied on a New York Times article that was published the day of his floor remarks. That Times piece was not the only one from a news outlet to state that the cutbacks the CDC warned about in 2018 had actually gone into effect.

As we said, the CDC told us that's false.

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 01:12 AM

The CDC and WHO are worthless and are doing the deep state's bidding.

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Posted 22 March 2020 - 08:19 AM

View PostRock N, on 22 March 2020 - 01:12 AM, said:

The CDC and WHO are worthless and are doing the deep state's bidding.

The who is aptly named. As far as the CDC goes it's an oxymoron. We should defund it completely and spend that money on something critical like an automated ice cream scooper for DJT's double bowl of ice cream.

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