Fallout from the agency’s failed rollout of national coronavirus kits two months ago continues to haunt U.S. efforts to combat the spread of the highly infectious virus.
Credit…Audra Melton for The New York Times

Sloppy laboratory practices at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention caused contamination that rendered the nation’s first coronavirus tests ineffective, federal officials confirmed on Saturday.

Two of the three C.D.C. laboratories in Atlanta that created the coronavirus test kits violated their own manufacturing standards, resulting in the agency sending tests that did not work to nearly all of the 100 state and local public health labs, according to the Food and Drug Administration.  (See link for article)



This is just rich. On March 21 I posted that COVID-19 testing is riddled with problems:

Since I checked over a month ago, this is what the actual CDC website states about its COVID-19 test – up to today:

International Reagent Resource (IRR) began distribution of the test kits to states, but shortly thereafter performance issues were identified related to a problem in the manufacturing of one of the reagents which led to laboratories not being able to verify the test performance.

Now, does that sound like their very tests are contaminated with the virus they are looking for?  No?  I didn’t think so.

On April 4, I also posted that this test contamination occurred in the UK:  Now I’m wondering where their test kits were made!

Key quote on the finding by a FDA expert on the CDC:

He found an astonishing lack of expertise in commercial manufacturing and learned that nobody was in charge of the entire process, they said.

No! Say it isn’t so!

This lack of scientific rigor to laboratory standards is rife within the CDC. The entire organization lacks any credibility as Lyme patients are well aware, due to their mishandling Lyme/MSIDS for over 40 years – along with everything else they touch.  

In the article we learn that:

  • researchers came and went without changing their coats
  • tested ingredients in the same room where researchers were working on positive coronavirus samples
The only reason we learn of this debacle is after media outlets requested public disclosure.
CDC labs are currently embroiled in a federal investigation by the Department of HHS.

All I can say is it’s about time.

Don’t ever expect the CDC to come clean on anything. They have lied so often they believe their own lies: A literal rap-sheet on CDC lies – although far from complete.

The article also notes that the FDA is under fire for not initially allowing commercial labs to create their own tests. This is a common problem in the US. The direct competition between our federal government and the private sector regarding testing for public health. Until this is addressed, we will continue to see more fraud and collusion:

For a long read on CDC blame games and interagency problems: Key quote:

In recent weeks, some administration officials have become so concerned about the lack of agency coordination that the director of the White House Domestic Policy Council began convening his own meetings with agency leaders at HHS, including from the Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS.

BTW: The two players in this power squabble consist of Dr. Azar who was top lobbyist for Eli Lilly & Co., an Indianapolis-based pharmaceutical company, and Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the CDC who was under investigation for research fraud:

So there you have it folks.  More of the same from the HHS, from which the CDC stems.

The CDC’s abysmal handling of testing is directly behind our current plight. We can thank them for the stay at home orders which possibly could have been avoided all together or rationed to those who are immunocompromised.


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