The director of the CDC, under fire by the confusing guides to face the new wave in the United States.
WASHINGTON.- The director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Rochelle Walensky, He tried to calm the waters after the wide criticism he has received for the confusing messages to confront the coronavirus that has occurred throughout this year of the pandemic, since he assumed the leadership of the national agency.
While he was unapologetic about the ebb and flow of information on Covid, Walensky acknowledged the challenges of staying on top of a rapidly evolving virus and said the CDC is “working very hard to get information out to the American public. This is difficult and I am committed to continuing to improve as we learn more about the science and to share it with all of you. He said this Friday.
The latest criticism that the official received came directly from the American Medical Association after the CDC suggested reducing the isolation of infected people from 10 days to 5 days, and then not requiring a negative PCR result from infected people.
“Potentially hundreds of thousands of people could go back to work and school and keep spreading if they follow the new CDC guide to come out of isolation after five days without a negative test, ”the group said.
Although some officials relativize the criticism stating that throughout the scientific world, information about Covid is changing, Walensky even clashed with Anthony S. Fauci, the nation’s leading infectious disease expert, who also demanded that people who come out of isolation undergo PCR before resuming their activities.
On Wednesday, nine days after the CDC issued its guidance and a day after the guidelines were slightly modified to include some advice on testing, the CDC was still struggling to explain itself. “How do you expect people to keep track of what they can and cannot do?”a CNN reporter asked Walensky at a White House briefing.
When President Joe Biden took office nearly a year ago, he promised restore public trust in the CDC after Donald Trump’s White House tied the agency’s hands and manipulated its scientific judgments on the pandemic for political purposes. However, in his first year of fighting the coronavirus, Biden had a series of flaws in the messages that They have followed a familiar pattern, with Walensky and his team making decisions that soon must be modified.
Although during this year in office Walensky participated in dozens of regular briefings as part of the White House Covid-19 response team, he rarely strays from the talking points. And when he did, in February in February last year and said that teachers did not need to be vaccinated before the schools reopened, the White House practically overruled it, saying he was “speaking in a personal capacity.”
Walensky, a renowned Boston infectious disease expert with no prior government experience, then followed up with her changes to the recommendations. First, he said that in schools students should be kept 1.80 meters away; in March, he said one meter was enough.
In May, he said that vaccinated people did not need to wear a chinstrap in public, a sudden change that puzzled state health officials. Two months later, he reversed that guidance after it was shown that vaccinated people could still transmit the virus.
Although some outside experts have asked Biden change the leadership of the agency, But administration officials say that alternative is not in the president’s plans. Biden believes that removing the director amid a new wave of cases would be a bad idea.
AP Agency and The New York Times