‘It is embarrassing’: CDC struggles to track Covid cases as Omicron looms

“As Covid-19 spread through the country a year ago, we saw the devastating result of decades of underinvestment,” Frieden said in his May 2021 testimony. “Our nation had a patchwork of underfunded, understaffed, poorly coordinated health departments and decades out-of-date data systems — none of which were equipped to handle a modern-day public health crisis.”

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