White House pressured CDC to reopen schools, officials say

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Washington – Over the summer, senior White House officials lobbied the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to minimize the risk of coronavirus among young people and encourage the reopening of schools, according to two former CDC officials who were at the agency at the time.The New York Times first reported that White House officials, including assistants in the office of Vice President Mike Pence and Dr. Deborah Birx, the coordinator of the White House coronavirus task force, were involved in the attempt to bypass the CDC to promote data that showed the spread. of the virus was slowing down. Former CDC officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, told CBS News the information in the Times report was accurate.

Olivia Troye, a former advisor to Pence who worked in the White House coronavirus task force, told The Times that Pence’s chief of staff Marc Short had repeatedly asked him to produce more data showing a decrease in cases among young people. Troye left the White House in August and has since become a vocal critic the president and the administration’s response to the coronavirus.

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