The existing data reporting system had been working, and there was no reason to upend that.
“I can think of no good motivation for why the Trump administration would upend the CDC’s trusted system for reporting COVID-19 data in the middle of an accelerating pandemic that has already claimed the lives of more than 148,000 Americans,” Sen. Whitehouse said in a July press release. The statistic is now more than 200,000 Americans.
“President Trump’s dystopian hostility toward facts and science has already wrought so much needless suffering,” Sen. Whitehouse continued. “While this administration has tried to obscure its bungling of the pandemic, we need to make sure the American people have at their fingertips the most accurate and up-to-date numbers on which to base decisions about their own health and safety.”