You are probably not familiar with the backstory. The cutting of the budget two years ago was precisely because the CDC now spent the majority of its budget on nothing to do with infectious disease control. It was now spending it money on such important subject as children’s playgrounds “safety”, salt in poor peoples food and second hand smoke in public housing. Whatever the current Nanny State Fad of the Day is. Not actually dealing with infectious diseases.
The CDC is just another big bloated Federal bureaucracy whose only goal like all mature bureaucracies is to protect the organization. The original 1946 or even 1967 purpose of the CDC was lost in paperwork decades ago.
At the moment there are more that 100 plus testing labs that could easily test the tens of thousands by this stage who need to be tested in any kind of rigorous tracking program, like in South Korea. But as of yesterday the CDC and thence the FDA is still withholding regulatory permission for these 100 plus labs to start testing potentially COVID infected people. No one can give any plausible reason. So its either a turf war, someone not wanting to take responsibility, or outright corruption. Given the recent history of Beltway agencies, probably all three.
The CDC’s institutional corruption is personal for me. Back in the 1980’s doctors in California noticed a large upswing in TB cases for the first time in decades. The anti-TB programme had been the single biggest CDC campaign in the previous 30 years. A really big deal. But once the CDC discovered the source of almost all the new TB cases they were not interested. It was illegal immigrants from Central America. So they did nothing and by the mid 90’s TB was epidemic again in places like California. When one of my kids was 5 years old they tested positive for exposure to TB and had to undergo a very painful 6 months of preventive treatment. Talking to the doctors turned out there was nothing that unusual with my kids case, they dealt on a regular basis with kids and adults (who were nt illegals) who had been exposed to TB and needed treatment. Something which had not been common for a few decades by that stage. But nothing was ever done to deal with the problem because illegals were the primary source of the infections and so was politically toxic. It seemed affluent voters needed their cheap (illegal immigrant) house cleaners, gardeners and nannies and a guaranteed never ending source of cheap and very submissive casual labor.
So no I am not a fan of the current CDC. Which is little more than a totally politicized Fed agency which only occasionally dabbles in actual effect infectious diseases control. The stuff it is suppose to do. That extra $6B the Dems want for the CDC, its to feed the bloat and their pet projects not deal with the actual epidemic.
So business as usual.