The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is “not doing enough” to protect the nation from deadly coronavirus coronaviruses, according to the largest health care watchdogs in the country.
The inspector general for the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said on Wednesday that the agency has yet to determine how many people in the United States died from the virus that swept through the country last year.
In its report released on Tuesday, the watchdog said that the CDC had received only six coronaviral cases and that the department has not made any progress on tracking down and preventing deaths from the disease in the US.
“The CDC has been unable to determine the number of deaths and how many others may have died due to this virus,” said Dr. Daniel Kunkle, the inspector general.
“CMS has identified only six cases of this virus and the agency’s efforts to protect lives are not sufficient to protect against the disease.”
The inspector’s office found that the administration had failed to protect federal employees from the pandemic.
The department is facing a barrage of criticism over its handling of the coronavids and has been hit with numerous lawsuits and other public records requests.