Months into the pandemic, experts are calling for the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to step up and lead the US efforts of fighting the virus.
  
  The CDC has been the lead agency in battling recent pandemics and disease outbreaks including the 2009 H1N1 swine influenza pandemic and the 2003-2004 SARS outbreak. But their regular briefings on coronavirus were halted by March and the White House took over.


  
  That was a mistake, Emory University professors and staffers wrote in a letter to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
  
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  “If we are to win the battle against Covid-19, we need the CDC’s scientific independence and unstifled voice,“ the group wrote.


  
  “For the past 70 years, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has been our nation’s strongest bulwark against public health threats. Its skill sets, expertise, and scientific credibility are unmatched in any other domestic or global institution. An unfettered and enabled CDC is fully capable of leading and guiding our nation’s evidence-based response to public health emergencies.“
  
  In a Wall Street Journal op-ed published Sunday, former US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb also suggested the agency had been uncharacteristically quiet during the pandemic.
  
  “Whatever the reasons, CDC has spoken infrequently and with more reticence than is customary in public-health crises,“ he said.
  
  “The more information about how to reduce the risk of spread and the severity of sickness, the more lives that can be saved, and the more comfortable Americans will feel about starting to resume normal life,“ he added.
  
  CNN’s Kristina Sgueglia, Kevin Bohn, Artemis Moshtaghian, Wesley Bruer, Maggie Fox, Giulia McDonnell Nieto del Rio and Arman Azad contributed to this report.

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