The CDC's New Chief Was Accused of Fudging HIV Vaccine Research in the Early 1990s
The track record of Trump appointees tasked with safeguarding the country’s public health has been, in the kindest sense, spotty. So it probably shouldn’t come as a surprise that the latest person tapped to head the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Robert Redfield, is alleged to have engaged in research misconduct involving an experimental HIV vaccine back in the 1990s.
On Wednesday, Redfield was officially announced as the CDC chief, taking over from Brenda Fitzgerald, who departed in January following criticism of her purchases of tobacco stocks. But as rumors of his confirmation broke over the weekend, critics came out of the woodwork to attack Redfield’s ethics, particularly Washington Senator Patty Murray*, the ranking Democrat of the Senate health committee.
In a letter addressed to the President released Monday, Murray brought up a incident near the end of Redfield’s time as the lead scientist of a series of trials of an HIV vaccine at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research.