Readers may recall that Cohen led North Carolina’s response to the pandemic. During that time, it seemed that she knew absolutely nothing about the field of public health. She presided over a series of authoritarian responses that violated the constitutional rights and civil liberties of North Carolina citizens. She capitalized on citizens’ fears to implement these measures; and consequently magnified those fears.
Cohen hindered early treatment of Covid-19. She also pushed the vaccine on people who did not need it. Indeed, she remained silent as it was being required of people who did not need it.
Republicans in the General Assembly had fallen in love with Cohen and did nothing to restrain her.
If she gets this job, there would be a silver lining. She would no longer live in North Carolina.
But it would be quite astonishing to have the nation’s top public health agency led by a woman who does not even have a basic understanding of the ethics expected of public health practitioners; and the best practices historically utilized within the field.
She abused her authority in North Carolina. Let’s hope she is not able to do this on the national level.