Calendar entries from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Director Robert Redfield. These records span from 2018 to 2019.
When combing through these calendars, American Oversight found a number of pandemic-related briefings and meetings. Those calendar entries are highlighted below.
April 11, 2018: “Pandemic Flu Exercise Briefing”
Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference (April 16-19, 2018) agenda includes “Mortality Surveillance,” “Respiratory Outbreaks,” and “Emerging and High Consequence Pathogens.”
Emails scheduling a April 19, 2018, call between Redfield and George Gao, the director of the Chinese Center for Disease Control
May 2, 2018: “Emory/CDC 1918 Influenza Pandemic Commemoration”
Program from May 7, 2018: “100 Years of Influenza: Pandemics and Practice: 1918-2018.” Symposium agenda includes “Current Gaps; United States and Local Public Health Pandemic Readiness,” and “Roundtable Discussion: Are We Ready to Respond to the Next Pandemic; USG Preparedness Posture in 2018”
May 23, 2018: “The Secretary will host a dinner … focused on pandemic preparedness and outbreak response,” at the World Health Assembly in Geneva.
June 14, 2018: Study nominated by CDC for award: “Acquiring or spreading pathogens by touching personal protective equipment is a concern within the healthcare industry. During public health outbreaks, resources become constrained and personal protective equipment, such as N95 filtering facepiece respirators, may have to be reused.”
June 19, 2018: Redfield and Kadlec meeting with Division of Strategic National Stockpile
Aug. 9, 2018: “Clade X – A Pandemic Exercise Presentation”
Sept. 7, 2018, Laboratory Response Network conference session “will discuss the policy infrastructure and systems in place to prepare for all-hazards threats and address gaps in the ability of the US to respond to emerging and other threats.”
“CDC Pandemic Influenza Function Exercise: September 12-14, 2018, Briefing to CDC Director”
Information about presentation on Johns Hopkins pandemic exercise, Sept. 17, 2018
Oct. 3-7, 2018: Infectious Disease Week (IDWeek)
Oct. 23, 2018 remarks: “Globally, I’m deeply concerned about pandemic and seasonal flu.”
Dec. 31, 2018, meeting: “CDC is actively looking at our current U.S. and global influenza data to assess the risk of influenza in the border region” and “will continue to provide support to the state health departments in their evaluation of cause of deaths” in detention centers for migrant children.
Redfield attended Epidemic Intelligence Service Conference April 29 – May 2, 2019.
May 2, 2019: Call about measles, “Update on measles and airline travel”