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"Hail Mary" by Patti Liszkay
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is - well, make that was - the preeminent public health institution in the world, employing the top scientists, doctors, biologists, virologists, epidemiologists, and health care experts on the planet. Their mission is stated clearly in their name: to prevent and control disease, not only for the citizens of the United States, but internationally as well. Since its founding in 1946 there hasn't been a public health emergency in this country or in the world during which the CDC hasn't been on the front lines, fighting to find cures, vaccines, treatments, and the best defensive health practices and policies. When the Centers for Disease and Prevention issued guidance the whole world listened.
Then came Donald Trump.
(Though, of course, some arrogant, purposeless individuals, with no reputation for decency or morality to begin with, have profited well from the association).
And so imagine how the disease warriors of the CDC, the best in their field on the planet, must feel, seeing the challenge of their lives, the kind of challenge they've spent their whole careers training for, and instead of being deployed for duty being left behind, immobilized, underused, devalued.
Up until now it has been unthinkable that the world would have to fight a pandemic without the American Centers for Disease Control and Prevention leading the way.
But it's a strange new world,