Director of the Centers for Disease and Control Prevention, Dr Rochelle Walensky, has announced her resignation after leading the agency throughout the first two years of the Biden administration’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. President Joe Biden praised her for her steadfast focus on the health of every American. Dr Walensky took charge of the CDC as efforts were ongoing to vaccinate much of the general public and oversaw the development of both delta and omicron variants of Covid-19. However, her management of the pandemic received criticism, particularly when the center reduced the advice for quarantining from ten days to five days. The American Medical Association criticized this move, saying that re-emerging without knowing one’s status unnecessarily risks further transmission of the virus. Her statement that deaths from Covid-19 among vaccinated people occurred in those who had at least four also drew criticism, particularly from disability rights advocates. Despite this, Dr Walensky marshaled the finest scientists and experts to turn the tide on the pandemic, and her efforts undoubtedly saved many lives. She will reportedly step down by the end of June.
Resignation of CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Imminent
- 6 May 2023
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