The C.D.C. will undergo a comprehensive re-evaluation, the agency’s director said.

The C.D.C. will undergo a comprehensive re-evaluation, the agency’s director said.

But the agency’s infrastructure was neglected for decades, like the nation’s public health system generally, and the pandemic has posed unprecedented challenges. Early on, the C.D.C. made key mistakes in testing and surveillance — for example, famously fumbling design of a diagnostic kit sent to state laboratories.

Officials were late to recommend masking, partly because agency scientists didn’t recognize quickly that the virus was airborne. In May of last year, Dr. Walensky announced that vaccinated people could take masks off indoors and outdoors; just weeks later, it became clear that vaccinated people could not only get breakthrough infections but also could transmit the virus.

In August, Dr. Walensky joined President Biden in supporting booster shots for all Americans, before scientists at the Food and Drug Administration or her own agency had reviewed the data on whether they were needed.

More recently, the highly contagious Omicron variant has led the C.D.C. to issue recommendations based on what once would have been considered insufficient evidence, amid growing public concern about how these guidelines affect the economy and education.

In December, the C.D.C. shortened the isolation period for infected Americans to five days, although it appears that many infected people can transmit the virus for longer. Over the past few weeks, some experts have criticized the agency for changing the metrics used to assess risk and determine appropriate local measures, in order to appease business and political interests.

UPDATED: FDA is considering FOURTH dose of COVID-19 vaccine and making it an annual shot as cases across the US drop 43% over the past week and 87% since the peak of the Omicron variant

FDA is considering FOURTH dose of COVID-19 vaccine and making it an annual shot as cases across the US drop 43% over the past week and 87% since the peak of the Omicron variant

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WSJ: FDA Eyes Second Covid-19 Booster Shot

A fourth booster shot of either the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine could start an annual booster shot campaign, one of the people familiar with the FDA’s planning said.

I’m not buying the media’s scaremongering about the second omicron variant!

Various Coronavirus News Updates: U.S. National Emergency extended, Bill Gates disappointed, IVM, breakthrough cases, immunity + antibodies.

Biden to extend U.S. national emergency due to COVID-19 health risk

Bill Gates is Ready to Capitalize on ‘The Next Pandemic’

Estimated 73% of US now immune to omicron: Is that enough?

Arkansas county praises doctor who gave inmates ivermectin

2,044 Fully Vaccinated Indiana Residents Died Of COVID-19; 329,000 Breakthrough Cases Recorded

A test to determine COVID immunity could reshape US policy

I’m behind because I haven’t really been keeping up with coronavirus news. Out of sight, out of mind! 🤷🏼‍♀️