Anita Desikan

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Anita Desikan is a research analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she investigates the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics like scientific integrity at federal agencies, and political interference in the scientific rulemaking process. See Anita's full bio.

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New Analysis: Unlike Bush and Obama, the Trump Administration Is Muzzling CDC Scientists During Pandemic

Despite the incredible efforts of Dr. Anthony Fauci and other scientists in the White House Coronavirus Task Force, the Trump White House has pushed aside CDC scientists from communicating with the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, a new analysis by the Union of Concerned Scientists finds. Read more >

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Trump Administration’s Hydroxychloroquine Misinformation is Endangering People’s Lives

The Trump administration’s claim that two anti-malarial drugs, hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine, should be regarded as treatment options for COVID-19 may be one of its most dangerous forms of misinformation yet. For weeks, the Trump administration has claimed that these drugs can act like a panacea for the disease and, while the administration has recently gone quiet on this messaging, the damage has already been done. Read more >

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The Price We Will Pay for Suppressing CDC Scientists During Pandemic

We are being forced to endure a chilling situation. The White House has taken control over the voice of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during the COVID-19 pandemic and, at times, has used its own voice to actively undermine the CDC’s recommendations. A similar egregious situation happened before. History may prove to be best teacher of showing what happens when the White House strips the voice of a health agency during a public health emergency. Read more >

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Let CDC Scientists Speak to the Public about Coronavirus

Today, we’re taking action to let the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) know that the public should hear from experts about this ongoing pandemic. We’ve filed a letter to the CDC saying that restricting scientists and public health officials from speaking directly to the public on the coronavirus pandemic constitutes a violation of their scientific integrity policy. Read more >

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Trump Administration Endangers the Lives of Health Care Workers

Our health care workers are nothing short of heroes. They are choosing to put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others during a pandemic. And yet right now the Trump administration is failing to provide them with the equipment they need to stay safe and healthy. This is unacceptable and unconscionable. The administration—and the nation—must do everything it can to ramp up production of critical protective equipment for health care workers NOW. Read more >

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