Dr. Dylan George, Director, CDC Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA): “We are really looking at the past, when we look up at the sky.”

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Dr. Dylan George, Director of the CDC Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA), walks us through the CFA’s status, almost two years after its launch. Though still a startup, CFA has modeled multiple outbreaks, including Omicron, Mpox, and now the respiratory virus season (Covid, RSV, flu).  Its clients? The White House and executive agencies, and increasingly, state, local and territorial officials. Its products? October 24, it issued its Respiratory Season Outlook. On November 8, CFA launches its $262 million/five year investment in a National Network for Outbreak Response and Disease Modelling, encompassing thirteen key university and private sector expert data partners across the country. Critical to CFA’s success will be building new communications capabilities to cut through noise and distrust and build trust and confidence.