CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky Calls for Overhaul of the Agency (Guest: Dr. Marilyn Singleton)

Published August 22, 2022
On August 17, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, recently stated that the CDC needs a complete overhaul. How serious is her call? As director, can she fix all that is wrong with the agency? Or, is this something Congress needs to address?
Our guest for today’s episode of Health Care News is Dr. Marilyn Singleton. Dr. Singleton previously served as president of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons. She’s also written and spoken extensively on how the CDC and other government health agencies politicized COVID-19. She says that at the very least, it’s time for an independent investigation of the CDC.
During an interview, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky made comments on the state of the agency. Dr. Walensky said the CDC is facing three problems: unclear communication, a fragmented public health system, and action reactively, not proactively.
Dr. Walensky made these comments as the agency is facing increasing criticism over its handling of COVID-19. The CDC has received criticism for delving into issues beyond its mission such as critical race theory, climate change, transgender medical treatments for children, and teens.
Singleton discusses whether Walensky has called for a complete overhaul to take heat off the agency right before the midterm election. Singleton discusses her paper, “COVID-19: A Weapon to Fundamentally Transform America,” which highlights the CDC’s other mistakes related to COVID: diagnostic testing, flip-flopping guidance, and early treatment.
Dr. Singleton’s work can be found at her website