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  •  Not so sanguine about CDC you seem to be (4.00)
    I must respectfully demur on your apparent faith in CDC as a competent agency. It was once, but it has gone down hill very fast, and while it still has many dedicated employees, it is now staffed with a great many second and third raters. See comments elsewhere: here
    and here.
    •  I have my issues with CDC (none)
      no one gets a free pass... but they seem to be at least doing the planning. What's the FDA doing?

      "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

      by Greg Dworkin on Sun Nov 28, 2004 at 12:12:20 PM PST

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      •  No free passes but no kudos either (none)
        I know CDC quite well and have worked with some wonderful people there. But the agency has taken a serious nose dive. It started during Clinton and has gotten incomparably worse under Bush. We are essentially without public health leadership in this country (see post on Powell and Gerberding I noted earlier at this link.
        Can you even name the Surgeon General? (most of my
        students sure can't and they live public health 24/7).
        •  no argument (none)
          some of the good stuff was done before J-Lo. And the smallpox vaccination of first providers was and is a joke.

          But note the NY Times articles posted by Diogenes. There's plenty of isses, including fears that China and other countries will be too secretive about epidemics in time to do much before the explode on the world scene. Bush's 'popularity' doesn't help there, either.

          "Politics is the art of looking for trouble, finding it everywhere, diagnosing it incorrectly and applying the wrong remedies." - Groucho Marx

          by Greg Dworkin on Sun Nov 28, 2004 at 01:28:44 PM PST

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