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Connie Mack, MD, is a bioethicist who lectures at Wake Forest University School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

“The most disturbing thing about this case is what went on behind the scenes, when state public health officials shut down advanced statistics at the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, violating their own policies, regulations, and outdated rules that have little to do with making public health better,” said Dr. Mack.

“By their actions, they have shown that state government, particularly in North Carolina, is blinded by ideology in choosing its priorities at the expense of sound science,” he said.

“Regardless of how this situation ends in the coming weeks and months, North Carolina residents will be living with the consequences for many years to come,” he added.

“No matter what the outcome is or who makes public health policy in the near future, the state of North Carolina has breached a relationship that many states have with their public health agencies that is an unprecedented event in modern medicine.”

To read Dr. Mack’s full interview, click here.

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