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Covid-19 hospital data to be sent to Trump administration instead of C.D.C.
Covid-19 hospital data to be sent to Trump administration instead of C.D.C.
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The Trump administration has ordered all U.S. hospitals to send all Covid-19 patient information to a central database in Washington instead of directly to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The Department of Health and Human Services will now collect all data related to Covid-19 hospitalisations.

Assistant secretary of public affairs Michael Caputo said that a "new faster and complete data system is what our nation needs to defeat the coronavirus and the CDC, an operating division of HHS, will certainly participate in this streamlined all-of-government response. They will simply no longer control it."

According to the New York Times the "database that will receive new information is not open to the public, which could affect the work of scores of researchers, modelers and health officials who rely on C.D.C. data to make projections and crucial decisions."

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Rick Bright to testify before Congress, warning of "darkest winter" in modern US history
Joint Session of Congress, 2009
Joint Session of Congress, 2009 Credit: whitehouse.gov via wikimedia / Lawrence Jackson (Public Domain) (Creative Commons CC0 Waiver)

Doctor Rick Bright – immunologist, public health official former director of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority – is about to testify before Congress, stating the US government and the Trump administration were ill-prepared for the Covid-19 pandemic. Bright stated in his written testimony that the US “missed early warning signals” and that he "faced hostility and marginalization from HHS officials" when warning the administration about shortages of medical supplies.

Bright also stated that "without clear planning and implementation of the steps that I and other experts have outlined, 2020 will be darkest winter in modern history".

Bright filed a whistleblower complaint after being removed from his position for criticising Trump's promotion of the drug chloroquine.