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U.S. Moves Pandemic Data Tracking to CDC, Reversing Trump

  • ‘HHS Protect’ platform to shift into the oversight of CDC
  • Biden administration aims to stabilize pandemic data systems
A Covid-19 Testing And Vaccination Site Reopens As Louisiana Cases Rise
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The Biden administration is moving the U.S. government’s largest public-health tracking system back to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, undoing a much-criticized move by the Trump administration to shift custody of critical data from the nation’s top epidemiological agency.

According to a document obtained by Bloomberg News, the Department of Health and Human Services on Oct. 1 signed off on a recommendation to move the system, designed to track pandemic data, out of the management of its own Office of the Chief Information Officer and into CDC’s oversight. The shift comes in the wake of scrutiny over the federal government’s handling of public health data infrastructure, and is intended to ensure long-term stability and ownership of the data system.