The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) told Congress on Friday that he was not directly involved in the decision-making of the Trump report ordering hospitals to stop sending COVID-19 data directly to the agency.
Earlier this month, the report informed hospitals to begin reporting hospitalization and testing data to a new private-managed health and human services database that bypasses the CDC.
“We were not directly involved in the final decision, but I can say that this is: the CDC then and now has access to all the data, performs all the data analysis, so none of this data is limited,” Director Robert Redfield told the House Select subcommittee for response to coronaviruses.
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Redfield during the interrogation of Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) Said the change was announced by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), the parent agency of the CDC.
He also said he had not discussed the decision with HHS Minister Alex Azar or Vice President Pence, who led the administration’s response to the COVID-19 report.
Redfield said the purpose of the transition was to improve access to real-time hospital data so that the administration could have a better idea of where to send remdesivir, a drug that has been shown to be effective in treating COVID-19.
“I think the reason for the changes was to ensure that individuals could gain access to their desks in a timely manner,” Redfield said.
The change has been criticized by some public health experts, who fear the administration is restricting the CDC in response to coronaviruses.