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What Happened to the CDC? Storied Disease Agency Takes a Back Seat

CDC Director Robert Redfield defends agency’s public response in interview 

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at a White House meeting in March.

Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention at a White House meeting in March.

Photographer: Kevin Dietsch/UPI

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The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has become a focal point for criticism of the American government’s coronavirus response, blamed for botching tests that would have helped track the illness in its early days, and then receding from the Trump administration’s public messaging.