The Centers for Disease Control vowed to revamp the agency Wednesday to “increase public trust” after the organization struggled to effectively manage the global COVID-19 pandemic that shut-down the country more than two years ago.

“For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said in a statement obtained by The Washington Post. “My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.”

“I feel like it’s my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years,” Walensky told The Associated Press.

The CDC has an operating budget of $12 billion and employs 11,000 full-time workers.

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