A Democratic-led House select committee says it has uncovered evidence of political interference by the Trump administration into the federal government’s coronavirus response last year, including attempts to alter or block data reports from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention detailing the dire effects of the virus.
A new document released Tuesday details the pressure that career officials faced from a Trump administration political appointee to change portions of the CDC’s crucial Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), which laid out Covid deaths, hospitalizations and infections during the pandemic.
HHS senior adviser Paul Alexander [photo], a Trump political appointee demanded in an August 8, 2020, email that the CDC “put an immediate stop” to the MMWR series or adjust two reports on Covid infections.
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New evidence shows Trump appointees’ political interference with CDC weekly Covid data reports, House subcommittee says https://t.co/Xt2ON0PO0G
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