Former Clinton campaign chair John Podesta said Friday he would travel to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and speak with staff on the “chronic” spread of the pandemic.
The former Democratic presidential nominee, who served as White House chief of staff and counselor to President Barack Obama, will also visit the agency’s Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy and speak to staffers about the CDC’s role in the pandemics, according to a statement.
Pandering to the nation’s veterans, Podesta will meet with veterans and their families to hear their stories and ask their feedback on the work the CDC is doing to prepare for the pandemaker, according the statement.
“As our country is struggling to recover from the pandeman, I am going to personally visit CDC labs, labs that have been the envy of the world for the last decade, to meet with senior scientists and other senior staff to hear firsthand the work that the agency has done to prepare and to ensure that the U.S. and the world remain safe,” Podesta said in a statement Friday.
“The time has come for the CDC to stop being a glorified hospital and start being a national security center, which will help us protect the American people and ensure that our economy can continue to flourish and create jobs,” he said.
The Centers for Diseases Control and Health and Human Services (CDC) said it had recorded over 3,800 cases of the coronavirus since its onset in late February.
The CDC said last week that the first cases were recorded in Iowa, New Hampshire and Vermont.
The Trump administration has expressed concerns that coronaviruses may be spreading outside the U-S., as well.
In January, the White House announced the suspension of its immigration program and deportation of a number of people who had been granted temporary protected status under the Trump administration.