COVID CDC & FDA
The CDC's main goal is to protect public health from things like Global Pandemics (COVID). The FDA's is around drugs, treatments and medical instruments. Both screwed up epically around COVID:
- They trusted/repeated the WHO and China's numbers, which overstated deaths and understated cases -- as an agency they aren't there to rubber stamp what Communists tell them, but to validate them. By believing those numbers -- the CDC assumed the death rate was high and the contagion was low of SARS-COV-2, which meant they failed to respond in a competent way.
- They repeated the WHO in saying that we shouldn't be wearing masks, which let the contagion spread faster/further than it would have, and FDA blocked "non-authorized" masks from being made/distributed until overridden.
- When testing started, they added a 3rd component to the test, which was tainted and gave false positives. The FDA refused to let private labs produce without that 3rd tainted component -- and it delayed American testing scale up.
- They encouraged "Shelter-in-place" to cause economic ruination (depression and loss of life) without evidence that it was materially better than Social Distancing or more moderate and less harmful measures.
- The CDC encourage (and the Government incentivizes) Hospitals to overstate COVID cases.
Facts are that overreactions can cause many more to die than the alternative, because while in lockdown, they aren't getting exercise or are abstaining from needed or preventative medical care, their psychological wellbeing, and so on. When we ask why South Korea or Germany was able to scale quicker? Becauese they don't have the equivalent of the CDC or FDA getting in the way of businesses doing the right thing without them.
Not only was the CDC repeating 3.4% death rates in January, but as late as March Fauci was using numbers like 2% or 10x the flu.  Either they were incompetent and ignoring all the asymptomatic and untested people and the plethora of COVID Studies that was showing it was 10x more widespread than their numbers, or they were intentionally scaring the public for political gain. Either way, the numbers were coming in as being about as deadly as the flu, at the same time they were saying it was 10x as deadly. Lying to me, pisses me off.