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The CDC was damaged by marginalization and politicization. This is how Biden can fix it.

Four former CDC directors advocate for the agency—which has been the world's gold standard for public health—and lay out what needs to happen to rebuild trust through this pandemic and beyond. When driven by science, unimpeded by politics and consistently funded, the CDC will be able to save lives and protect the economy when threats arrive.

Pressure won’t help build vaccine trust

RWJF President and CEO Richard Besser explains the importance of transparency, patience and vigilance in improving vaccine uptake, and ensuring that the ability to get vaccinated is not determined by one’s race, income or privilege.

Dr. Richard Besser: Despite coronavirus, science is NOT telling us to close schools

Rich Besser advises we do all we can to keep children in school by providing the funds for proper staffing, equipment, protective gear and ventilation systems. Without these supports, we cannot expect schools to remain open.  

Covid-19 tsunami of suffering: The pandemic isn’t pausing; U.S. shouldn’t either

Rich Besser explains that as the brutal COVID-19 winter looms, suffering in 2020 will continue well into the new year without actions by federal and state governments and a renewed commitment for people to follow public health guidance.

Paid leave and child care are fundamental to recovery

Fear of COVID-19 forces millions of workers to make the decision to "go to work sick so they can pay rent, buy food and afford child care, or prioritize their health and risk economic instability," says Erika L. Moritsugu, vice president for congressional relations and economic justice at the National Partnership for Women & Families and RWJF Vice President for Policy Avenel Joseph.

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