“‘The CDC’s expertise and job is to provide that source of expert guidance and information and data to the states. And not in, often, a prescriptive way, but you can just go and see in past epidemics and past outbreaks—whether it’s Ebola or Zika—what we did is we relied on the public health and science and epidemiological professionals,’ Lisa Monaco, who served as the homeland security adviser to President Barack Obama told me, name-checking Fauci and former CDC chief Thomas Frieden as experts the previous administration relied on during the Ebola outbreak. ‘That’s not to say that CDC doesn’t have its challenges and certainly I think we’ve seen them in terms of the coronavirus. But my own view is we ought to be working to address whatever shortfalls and problems there are with their existing systems…'”

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