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How the CDC used the movie ‘Contagion’ to exploit the anthrax plot and increase their staff and budgets

Newly released documents have revealed the extent of the CDC’s role in the 2011 film, and how they milked the positive publicity. But they also beg the question why they weren’t more prepared for a real pandemic, like Covid.

The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is one of the fastest-growing federal agencies of recent decades. In 1987, their budget was $590 million but by 2020 it had ballooned to over $8 billion, leading journalist Eric Boehm to observe, “If the agency had grown with inflation since 1987, it would have a budget of about $1.3 billion today. Total federal spending, meanwhile, has grown from a hair over $1 trillion in 1987 to $4.4 trillion last year—which means that the CDC's budget has grown faster [than] the government’s overall spending.”

A 2009 report by Senator Tom Coburn’s office into questionable spending at the CDC found they had invested $1.7 million in setting up their own Hollywood liaison office, “to get health messages into television and film.” Since then, the CDC have worked on documentary series including ‘Breakthrough’ and the BBC’s ‘Horizon’, as well as episodes of the TV drama ‘Cedar Cove’ and the romantic comedy ‘My Lockdown Romance‘.

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