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Science Is Collateral Damage Across the Trump Administration

For researchers, a move to divert Covid-19 information from the CDC recalled the administrations treatment of climate science.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention headquarters in Atlanta.Photographer: Elijah Nouvelage/Bloomberg

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The White House last week ordered hospitals to stop sending coronavirus-related data to a publicly available database at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prompting confusion and concern among public health professionals. The administration simultaneously announced plans to set up a new system that officials say will also be open and searchable and help agencies more nimbly direct resources where they’re most needed. Yet scientists detected in the chaos evidence of a more worrisome pattern.