COVID source shout-out: Cyrus Shahpar

The Twitter account of White House COVID-19 Data Director Dr. Cyrus Shahpar is, as I’ve said in the CDD before, an excellent source of updates on all things federal pandemic data. Shahpar shares daily updates of new vaccinations in the U.S., usually shortly before the CDC’s tracker updates. He also shares updated variant prevalence estimates, changes and additions to the CDC COVID-19 dashboard, and other data news.

But this past Wednesday, Shahpar’s account took on a new purpose: tech support for the CDC’s dashboard. 

Shahpar said he would “look into” an error with the dashboard’s formatting, after journalist Alexander Tin flagged the issue to him. It’s unclear whether Shahpar’s efforts directly led to the dashboard getting fixed, but it was indeed back to its normal appearance by the next morning.

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