The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is a national public health institute in the United States. It is a United States federal agency, under the Department of Health and Human Services, and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia.Its main goal is to protect public health and safety through the control and prevention of disease, injury, and disability in the US and internationally.
Steve Forbes for Forbes mentioned the CDC and COVID-19 scandal and incompetence, "The CDC is supposed to be vigilantly scouting the world to uncover potentially dangerous illnesses and—usually in cooperation with others—deal with them before they significantly harm the U.S. One would think that after its experiences with SARS, swine flu and Ebola the CDC would have been ready.
Last fall it was clear that an ominous virus was loose in China. By December it was public knowledge. The response by the CDC was negligently sluggish. The immediate key was to get diagnostic tests in place so that if—or when—the virus reached our shores, we could quickly gauge its size and virulence. But the CDC acted as if it was more interested in narrowly protecting its turf, dragging its feet instead of working with a sense of acute emergency with private labs and healthcare companies to create and distribute effective tools as soon as possible. The CDC acted on its own with the haste of a lazy tortoise. Screening procedures were too onerous and bureaucratic."