U.S. Vice President Pence, Trump Official Pressured CDC To Change Guidance On Border Control, School Openings Amid Pandemic
AP: Pence ordered borders closed after CDC experts refused
“Vice President Mike Pence in March directed the nation’s top disease control agency to use its emergency powers to effectively seal the U.S. borders, overruling the agency’s scientists who said there was no evidence the action would slow the coronavirus, according to two former health officials. The action has so far caused nearly 150,000 children and adults to be expelled from the country…” (Dearen/Burke, 10/3).
POLITICO: Trump official pressured CDC to change report on Covid and kids
“In early September, as many school districts were still deciding whether to hold in-person classes, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention altered the title of a scientific report on the coronavirus and removed words like ‘pediatric’ from its text, days after a Trump administration appointee requested similar changes, according to emails obtained by POLITICO. … The episode is the latest example of how Trump appointees’ interference has rippled across the health department — and how even when career experts can find common ground with political officials, they have been tainted by the unprecedented efforts to shape their findings…” (Diamond, 10/5).