On Friday, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Wallensky announced she would be stepping down at the end of June. The letter of resignation mentions it. health, and during his tenure as CDC director. “
Warenski took over as CDC director at a very difficult time. The agency was dealing with a number of self-inflicted acts, including failed early tests for SARS-CoV-2 and confused advice about the value of masks. Overlaid on top was some degree of political interference from the White House, which hoped to minimize the risks and damage of the pandemic. This included the sidelines of CDC experts, who issued realistically stark warnings at the start of the pandemic, and the compilation of public health guidance by White House political appointees. The once flagship public health organization had lost much of its credibility and was suffering from serious morale problems.
Wallenski undertook the task of restoring trust and reforming the agency so that the CDC would focus on obtaining the data needed to produce public health advice rather than producing academic publications. launched a restructuring program aimed at Improving communication to the public was also a major goal of the reform.
But his tenure at the CDC didn’t stop him from stumbling. Authorities dismissed their own experts on booster use by high-risk individuals and quickly issued and revoked advice on masks for vaccinated people.
Nonetheless, President Biden praised her leadership in his statement on his resignation. “As director of the CDC, she has led a complex organization on the front lines of a once-in-a-generation pandemic with honesty and integrity,” Biden said. We are all better positioned to face threats to health and protect Americans.We have all benefited from her dedication to service and public health.We will do her best in the next chapter. I hope that
As of today, there’s no indication as to what that next chapter will be.