Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, spoke on June 4 about the response to the coronavirus before the House’s Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies Subcommittee.

Speaking before the committee, he said that the coronavirus has “highlighted the shortcomings of our public health system that has been under-resourced for decades.” Specifically, as it relates to information technology, “Never has it been more clear that our nation’s public health IT infrastructure requires modernization, to support and collect reportable, reliable, comprehensive and timely data.”

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“When we confront any disease threat, CDC and public health departments must make real-time decisions based on real-time data. Data forms the roadmap, and it informs policy. Data is the backbone of any disease threat response,” he told the committee.

He also spoke about the CDC response, the number of deaths, and the inequality of healthcare in the United States. Redfield said he was “deeply saddened personally, by the many thousands of lives that have been lost to Covid-19 in the United States and around the world.”

“We’re hearing a clamoring for equity and healing for positive permanent change to health and social disparities that exist in our nation, we must resolve — we can and we must — lessen the health disparities in this nation,” he said. Data from coronavirus has revealed the racial disparities in deaths from coronavirus.

Read more about protecting yourself from coronavirus. Check the CDC website for more information on how to protect yourself and check our latest article to learn how COVID-19 differs from the flu.

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