CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky wants a reset.
According to a report from Fox News, the director of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced on Wednesday a “reset” in response to criticisms received during and after the COVID-19 pandemic; “our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” Walensky says.
“For 75 years, CDC and public health have been preparing for COVID-19, and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations,” she said in a statement obtained by The Washington Post. “My goal is a new, public health action-oriented culture at CDC that emphasizes accountability, collaboration, communication, and timeliness.”
“I feel like it’s my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years,” Walensky told The Associated Press.
From Fox News:
Experts said the CDC was slow to recognize how much virus was entering the U.S. from Europe, to recommend people wear masks, to say the virus can spread through the air, and to ramp up systematic testing for new variants.
The CDC has a $12 billion budget and more than 11,000 employees. Walensky became director of the agency in January 2021.
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