Editor:

We have learned from evidence released by the House Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis that officials at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) were pressured by Trump administration officials to alter scientific guidance and were prevented from communicating directly with the public.

In February of 2020, early in the pandemic when quick action could have saved lives, transcripts reveal that CDC scientists were denied hearings with White House officials for fear it would upset the former president.

This pattern of denial and deception continued as people died.

Since taking office, President Biden and his administration, despite opposition from right-wing media and the ill-informed, have led a full-scale effort to encourage vaccination and promote mask wearing and social distancing. The result has been a dramatic reduction in COVID cases and deaths.

The contrast couldn’t be starker: The former administration lied to us about the seriousness of the virus. People got sick and more than 750,000 have died. The present administration told us the truth and moved heaven and earth to get vaccines into arms and promote preventative measures saving lives.

Laurie Ulrop

Punta Gorda

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