Officials at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are not “disloyal to the administration. They are loyal to science,” former CDC Director Dr. Tom Frieden said Tuesday.
“I know the doctors and scientists at CDC well,” Frieden said at a briefing hosted by the Infectious Diseases Society of America. “They are devoted to stopping disease wherever and whenever it occurs.”
Frieden, who is now President and CEO of the global health initiative Resolve to Save Lives, said the CDC is not loyal to any political party.
“The pledge of CDC to the American people is to base all decisions on the highest quality data, openly and objectively derived, to put the benefits to society above the benefits to the institution,” he said.
He said that pledge is part of the CDC’s DNA.
“I’m afraid what some may see as disloyalty to an individual is actually loyalty to the cause of protecting the American people,” said Frieden.