As the CDC continues to say that it has ebola under control, CDC Director Thomas Frieden once warned about that the agency had “too many blind spots”
The warning came in an interview with USA Today where he begged for more money for the government health body.
A: We can deliver vaccines, antibiotics to any place in the U.S. within hours. We operate 24/7. We have an emergency operation center staffed consistently. We have people in every state and 50 countries. But we’ve seen about a billion dollars go out of our base budget, $7 billion to $6 billion basically, over the past few years, with accommodation of sequestration and shifts to other funding sources. Partly, we’re concerned about things we’re not finding because we’re not tracking as intensively as we could. And I’m particularly concerned about the global threats. There are too many blind spots. What’s happening in the Democratic Republic of the Congo? Where’s the next Ebola virus going to come from? We don’t have some of the molecular genomics that would allow us to find bacterial risks faster and stop them faster, what we call advanced molecular protection. There are 46,000 fewer people working at state and local health departments today then there were five years ago. Those are my biggest concerns. [Emphasis Gotnews.com]
Director Frieden has a long history being an activist.