CDC Director Rochelle Walensky refused to give a clear answer regarding whether the COVID-19 pandemic is over in her latest media interview.
Walensky’s weak response came during an interview on ABC News on Thursday.
She needs to step down, or be fired….
CDC Director Walensky Dodges on Whether COVID Pandemic Is Over https://t.co/61LRqLdzm1
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Host Terry Moran asked, “Dr. Walensky, what was your reaction when you heard President Biden say the pandemic is over, and what do you think of that?”
“You know, here’s what I can tell you, we’re in a different place. Schools are open and businesses are open. We have a lot of population immunity out there right now. We have a lot of protection from vaccination already,” Walensky said.
The U.S. is in a “very different place” compared to one or two years ago, says CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky. https://t.co/Ob1zbQXx6W
— ABC News (@ABC) September 23, 2022
“Deaths are still at 350 a day, but they are way lower than they were a year ago, two years ago at this time. So, we are continuing to do everything we can promoting these updated booster shots so that people can get the protection that they need, but recognizing that we are in a much better place than we were a year ago at this time,” she added.
Not backing Biden
“On the heels of President Joe Biden’s remarks during his appearance on CBS’ ’60 Minutes’ on Sunday, when he stated that ‘the pandemic is over,’ Walensky said that the U.S. is certainly in a ‘very different place’ than one or two years ago, thanks to prior vaccination coverage,” ABC News explained.
“Walensky was reluctant to directly agree with the president’s assertion that ‘the pandemic is over,’ but with hospitalization and case rates falling, and vaccines and treatments available, ‘we’re in a different place,’ she said,” according to the report.
.@CDCDirector Dr. Rochelle Walensky became the latest American to get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster on Thursday, telling @ABC, in an exclusive interview, that thus far, “millions” of people have now received an updated shot.
— Arielle Mitropoulos (@AMitrops) September 22, 2022
The pandemic has certainly declined, but there’s no clear agreement among leaders in the nation regarding its official end.