Former CDC Director: CDC Scientists Should Be Able to Speak Directly to American Public

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Dr. Tom Frieden served as the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention from 2009 to 2017 and was appointed by President Barack Obama. 

He now serves as the CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, which focuses on preventing epidemics and cardiovascular disease.

So, when Dr. Frieden joined TheStreet one of the questions that had to be asked was: What would you do differently if you were in charge of the CDC during the coronavirus pandemic?

Dr. Frieden noted that he is not in charge--though he was heavily involved in the Ebola epidemic back in 2014--but he did have some thoughts on how we can better spread information about COVID-19 to the American public.

"What I do wish were happening was that the administration would allow the CDC scientists--people who have worked for decades on viral respiratory infections--to speak directly to the American people daily or near-daily. In every past health emergency, that is what has been done and it's made a huge difference," Dr. Frieden said.

In the U.S., there are 7.1 million cases of COVID-19 with over 204,000 deaths. Worldwide, there are 33.1 million cases with 998,000 deaths.

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