Host and author Ben Shapiro has accused the CDC of ulterior motives behind its recent shakeup. In a statement addressing all Americans on Friday, he warned that the Center for Disease Control‘s announcement of a “shakeup” meant the agency craves more power.
Rochelle Walensky, the CDC Director, admitted earlier this week that her department made mistakes in its response to the COVID pandemic and needs to become nimble. She then called for a “reset” that would include staffing changes and speeding up data releases. This sudden reset comes amid criticism of the agency’s response to COVID-19, monkeypox, and other public health threats.
The agency has long been criticized for focusing on the collection and analysis of data and not acting quickly against new health threats. The criticisms spiked, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic, as they were slow to contain and respond to the virus.
— Daily Wire (@realDailyWire) August 20, 2022
Responding to the criticisms, Walensky said, “It’s not lost on me that we fell short in many ways” responding to the coronavirus, Walensky said. “We had some pretty public mistakes, and so much of this effort was to hold up the mirror … to understand where and how we could do better.” Walensky also told the media that her agency would learn from the pandemic and “do better.”
She added, “I feel like it’s my my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years.”
Walensky said the agency needs special forces to deploy during pandemic times. The massive health agency currently has more than 11,000 employees and a $12 billion budget. She also suggested creating a new office to promote “equity in healthcare” and developing a “more nimble workforce that can quickly respond to public health crises.”
However, Shapiro did not believe that these steps announced by the CDC would make changes.
He said on his show, “If you actually wanted to shakeup the CDC, what you would do is use a little bit of epistemic humility. You’d actually look at their system and say, okay, what if we shrank what it is that we say that we can do?”
He added, “But that’s not what the CDC is doing. Their argument is they need more power. Their big mistake is that they weren’t forceful enough during the last pandemic. So when they say shakeup, what they mean is give us more power.”
Shapiro disregarded the claims that the CDC needs to focus on “equity in health care,” and said they have no business with equity. He also explained that the changes the CDC wants are nothing short of a power grab coming from an agency that has already used a large amount of power since the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic.
He concluded the segment by reminding listeners that those in control of institutions like the CDC have entirely different motives than the American people they are supposed to serve. He added that these institutions had been politicized, making them ideological and turning them away from simply telling the public about its objective findings.
“The institution of science has brought about more progress and prosperity than any institution over the course of the last century, and yet they are continuously undermining themselves with questions of motive and injecting politics and ideology,” Shapiro said.