CDC Director Walensky Dodges on Whether COVID Pandemic Is Over

During an interview with ABC News Thursday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky repeatedly saying whether she agrees with President Joe Biden’s assessment that the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Host Terry Moran asked, “Dr. Walensky, when you heard President Biden say the pandemic was over, what was your reaction and what do you think of that?”

Walensky replied: “You know, I can tell you this, we are in a different place. Schools are open and shops are open. We currently have a lot of population immunity out there. We already have a great deal of protection from vaccinations. Deaths are still at 350 a day but they’re a lot lower than a year ago, two years ago at this point. So while we continue to do everything we can to promote these updated booster shots so people get the protection they need, we recognize that we are in a much better place at this time than we were a year ago.”

Moran then asked, “But the pandemic isn’t over from your point of view?”

Walensky replied: “Well, we continue to encourage people to do whatever they can to protect themselves. We now have the tools to protect ourselves. You can get your primary series if you haven’t already got it. You can get your updated fall bivalent vaccine. And then you should actually get it [infected]we have tools like Paxlovid to help protect you from serious illness, hospitalization and death. So, I think if we look at the bigger picture, things are very different. Our hospitals are not overwhelmed, people are able to work again, schools are open again. I think these are really and extremely important metrics.”

Walensky later discussed how the CDC needs to communicate better with the public.

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