The Fed’s independence helped it save the US economy in 2008 – the CDC needs the same authority today

Trump with two of his top health advisers in May. AP Photo/Alex BrandonThe image of scientists standing beside governors, mayors or the president has become common during the pandemic. Even the most cynical politician knows this public health emergency cannot be properly addressed without relying on the scientific knowledge possessed by these experts.Yet, ultimately, U.S. government health experts have limited power. They work at the discretion of the White House, leaving their guidance subject to the whims of politicians and them less able to take urgent action to contain the pandemic.The Cen…

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