It’s in Atlanta’s best interest for the CDC to rely on science, not politics

By Maria Saporta

Atlanta and Georgia have much at stake in the integrity of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In the past several months, the integrity of the CDC has been under scrutiny with the disclosure that several of its positions and guidelines have been been subject to political interference.

Unfortunately, the Atlanta-based CDC is in an awkward position of having to balance its scientific reputation and protect itself from political influence out of Washington, D.C.

A view of the CDC’s Tom Harkin Global Communications Center in Atlanta (Photo by James Gathany for the CDC)

In conversations over the weekend with several leading public health experts and business leaders, there was universal agreement that science must outweigh the politics for the long-term health of our nation and the globe.

“This administration has injected politics into public health far more than any other administration that I’ve experienced in 20

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