Skip to main content
Premium Trial:

Request an Annual Quote

Descriptions of Interference

Current and former health officials say the Trump Administration interfered with attempts by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and others to warn Americans about the seriousness of the coronavirus pandemic, the Washington Post reports.

It adds that Nancy Messonnier, the former director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases at CDC, and Deborah Birx, the former White House coronavirus coordinator, have described political interference to congressional investigators. According to the Post, Messonnier says that her attempt in February 2020 to warn that the virus was likely to spread in the US led to reprimands, including from the then-Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar .

Kate Galatas, a senior CDC communications official, also told the congressional panel, the Post says, that the White House repeatedly blocked requests for CDC briefings, telling her that they would be redundant, as the White House held its own. Birx, meanwhile, alleges that White House adviser Scott Atlas tried to minimize access to coronavirus testing, according to the Post, which adds that Atlas denies doing so.

It adds that the officials also confirmed reports that the Trump White House had pushed for changes to the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports.

The Scan

Hormone-Based Gene Therapy to Sterilize Domestic Cat

A new paper in Nature Communication suggests that gene therapy could be a safer alternative to spaying domestic cats.

Active Lifestyle Linked to Type 2 Diabetes Prevention in People at High Genetic Risk

A study in the British Journal of Sports Medicine shows that an active lifestyle goes a long way in type 2 diabetes prevention.

Beneficial, Harmful Effects of Introgression Between Wild and Domesticated European Grapes

A paper in PNAS shows that European wild grapevines were an important resource for improving the flavor of cultivated wine grapes.

Genetic Ancestry of South America's Indigenous Mapuche Traced

Researchers in Current Biology analyzed genome-wide data from more than five dozen Mapuche individuals to better understand their genetic history.