A U.S. Senator is criticizing the director of Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention for an apparent financial conflict of interest that the senator
says may prevent the director from doing her job. Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald
became director of the Atlanta-based CDC in July, and was required to sell a
range of stocks she owned, including beer and soda companies, the tobacco
company Philip Morris International, and a number of health care companies
such as vaccine manufacturers and health-care companies. "I've done
everything that they've requested, in a timely manner as they've requested,"
Fitzgerald said Monday in an interview with The Associated Press. "My
financial people tell me we have now sold all the stocks." But last week,
Sen. Patty Murray wrote Fitzgerald saying she's concerned about unresolved
financial holdings noted in Fitzgerald's ethics agreement with U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services. CDC is part of HHS. The agreement
notes Fitzgerald is unable to divest from