Marco Rubio warns of a credibility gap at the CDC

'People have lost confidence.'

With the global pandemic that began in 2020 largely in the rearview mirror, one of Florida’s U.S. Senators is warning that consequences may be felt if there is another one.

Specifically, Marco Rubio worries that Americans may not have faith in the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the wake of the agency’s response to COVID-19.

“When we have hurricanes heading to Florida, and the National Hurricane Center says a hurricane is coming towards Florida, nobody doubts the National Hurricane Center. Imagine if they did, and people didn’t prepare,” Rubio said Friday night on the Fox Business Channel. “That’s how we need to have the CDC operate.”

“But people have lost confidence. You’ve got not just this guidance that’s conflicting and constantly changing, but it seems to me and to a lot of people to have been influenced by politics,” Rubio contended.

The Senator made the point that overly zealous, politically driven responses may have had presumably unintended consequences.

“What role did the teachers’ union play in having them continue with these recommendations about keeping kids out of school? I actually think they contributed to vaccine hesitancy by recommending vaccines that had not even been tested in young children, despite evidence, for example, of myocarditis and other related (risks) that outweighed the benefits of a vaccine,” Rubio contended.

The Senator then singled out Director Rochelle P. Walensky for specific criticism.

“Perhaps the worst spokesperson the CDC has ever had, the current head of it—Walensky—last week said the vaccine is actually not very good at preventing transmission.”

Rubio reintroduced legislation urging a probe of the CDC, a bill that received no traction last Session. The ‘‘Restore Public Health Institution Trust Act of 2023’’ would compel the Comptroller General of the United States to submit a report on “the (CDC’s) public health mitigation messaging and guidance.”

“This is asking the General Accounting Office to go in and examine how the CDC makes these guidance, what’s influencing them? Is it just science and medicine? Or are they being influenced by politics? I think we already know the answer to that, but we want to see it in writing. That’s going to help a future CDC regain the confidence of the American people. We need a CDC people can believe in, not one that’s a political tool.”

A.G. Gancarski

A.G. Gancarski has written for since 2014. He is based in Northeast Florida. He can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter: @AGGancarski


  • Narco Rube

    April 23, 2023 at 7:15 am

    Breaking- local Miami man corrupted by political influence & with own creditability issues talks creditability, influence. More at 11!

  • SteveHC

    April 23, 2023 at 8:04 am

    It’s self-serving politicians like Marco Rubio that have been continuously undermining the efforts of the CDC, not anyone within the CDC itself. If anyone should be “investigated” in this regard it’s the politicians – especially the Floridian Republican politicians, who seem to be the worst offenders herein – not the CDC.

  • Acid Ed AkA Never posts comments Ed🖕

    April 23, 2023 at 8:21 am

    Rubio wishes he was smart and useful like CDC personnel. Hell of a way to express that.

  • PeterH

    April 23, 2023 at 8:51 am

    Over one million Americans died of COVID because they followed the unsubstantiated narrative of Republican COVID doubters.

    Rubio is unqualified to criticize medical experts. His Fox interview is a preview of what’s to come with the 2024 Republican Klown Bus!

  • Dont Say FLA

    April 23, 2023 at 10:39 am

    What is this, the CDC legally cannot sue Fox News for lies and win three quarters of a billion dollars like Dominion Votings System just did? Fox lied, and if you want proof, just look at Fox for news about the whopping payout they’re making to Dominion. That news is absent from Fox. That’s just more lies, but now they lie through safe lenses. The lie of pretending not to pay three quarters of billion dollars because of their lying, that is a lie by omission!

  • Ocean Joe

    April 25, 2023 at 6:45 am

    Thankfully, in the face of the pandemic, Florida ran out and hoarded a million hydroxychloroquine doses!
    Our governor even found a witch doctor to run our own health department, and managed to keep up with national stats showing higher death rates in counties that voted red.
    And now, by tampering with our state universities, we will create a future generation with no confidence in the CDC or science at all.

    The party of denialism complains about a lack of confidence it set out to deliberately create. Marco outdoes himself.

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