SI quarterly roundup


Roundup: Signs of Hope for Scientific Integrity and Public Health

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

The first quarter of 2021 began with a violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol and ended with both the Biden administration and Congress having taken important steps to safeguard scientific integrity and speed COVID-19 vaccinations. Read more >

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A Navy officer treats a patient in an intensive care unit.

Roundup: As COVID-19 Situation Worsens, Election Results Offer Hope

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

In the fourth quarter of 2020, the spread of COVID-19 worsened but the Trump administration continued to sideline science. Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election provided hope that a new administration will use science more effectively to meet this challenge and others. While the Trump administration rushed to finalize rules based on insufficient or distorted evidence, nonprofit organizations offered advice to the incoming Biden administration and worked to document problems that require rapid resolution. Read more >

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Roundup: Political Interference and Declining Trust in Public Health Agencies Addressing COVID-19

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

In the third quarter of 2020, public confidence in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Food and Drug Administration (FDA) suffered as we saw signs that politics is interfering with the agencies’ responses to COVID-19. Read more >

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Louisiana National Guard member prepares to do COVID-19 screening
Louisiana National Guard

Roundup: Without Federal Coordination, Many States See Rising COVID-19 Cases

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

The second three months of 2020 saw some progress in the fight to control the COVID-19 crisis, but with a vacuum of consistent, science-informed federal leadership the US became one of the few countries to see its case numbers plateau rather than drop—and case counts are now growing with alarming speed in states that relaxed standards too quickly. Read more >

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Roundup: Sidelining Science Hits New Lows in Response to Public Health Crisis

Liz Borkowski, , UCS

The first three months of 2020 provided an immediate and terrible demonstration of what can happen when an administration ignores and misrepresents evidence on a threat to public health, in the form of a rapidly mounting death toll from COVID-19.  Despite the pandemic, the Trump administration pushed ahead with a dangerous rule at the Environmental Protection Agency. Advocates are pushing back against damaging actions while highlighting the value of transparency and whistleblowers. Read more >

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