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CDC will have less data to track Covid and new variants after public health emergency ends


People walk by a Covid-19 testing site at Times Square on May 12, 2022 in New York City.Liao Pan | China News Service | Getty ImagesThe Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will have less data to track the spread of Covid-19 and new variants in the U.S. after the public health emergency ends on Thursday.”The end of the public health emergency means CDC will have less authority to collect certain types of public health data — that means less data will be available to us,” Dr. Nirav Shah, the CDC’s principal deputy director, told reporters during a call Thursday.Shah acknowledged that disease surveillance in the U.S. was inadequate during the pandemic and needs to be improved.”Our ability to detect and monitor disease threats should be better in the future than it has been in the past,” he said. “And that ability to detect and monitor should be built into our baseli …

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