CDC’s Rochelle Walensky resigns citing pandemic transition

“I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve done in my professional career,” she wrote.

(Manuel Balce Ceneta | AP file photo) Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, testifies during a Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions hearing for an update on the ongoing federal response to COVID-19, June 16, 2022, on the Capitol Hill in Washington. Walensky tendered her resignation on Friday, May 5, 2023, saying the waning of the COVID-19 pandemic is a good time for a transition.

New York • dr Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, tendered her resignation on Friday, saying the waning of the COVID-19 pandemic is a good time for a transition.

Walensky’s final day will be June 30, CDC officials said, and an interim director was not immediately appointed. She sent a letter of resignation to President Joe Biden and announced the decision at a CDC staff meeting.

Walensky, 54, has been the agency’s director for a little over two years. In her letter to Biden, she expressed “mixed feelings” about the decision and didn’t say exactly why she’s stepping down, but said the nation is in a moment of transition as the emergency declarations come to an end.

“I’ve never been so proud of anything I’ve done in my professional career,” she wrote.

The World Health Organization said Friday that COVID-19 no longer qualifies as a global emergency and the US public health declaration of emergency expires next week. US deaths are at their lowest since the first days of the coronavirus outbreak in early 2020.

The CDC with a budget of $12 billion and more than 12,000 employees. is an Atlanta-based federal agency charged with protecting Americans from disease outbreaks and other public health threats.

Walensky, previously an infectious disease specialist at Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital, had no experience running a state health agency when she was sworn in on day one of the Biden administration.

She had a reputation for being a prominent voice on the pandemic and sometimes criticized certain aspects of the government’s response. She was brought in to boost morale at the CDC, restore public confidence in the agency, and improve its sometimes awkward response to the pandemic.

She established a center for forecasting and outbreak analysis, took steps to modernize data and improve public health workforces. Last year she began a reorganization to make the agency more flexible and to improve its communication with the public.

But there were also stumbling blocks during her tenure.

In spring 2021, Walensky said fully vaccinated people in many settings could stop wearing masks, only to reverse course as the then-new Delta variant spreads. And in December 2021, the agency’s decision to shorten isolation and quarantine surprised many and caused confusion.

In a statement, White House Chief of Staff Jeff Zients praised their performance.

“Their creativity, skill and expertise, along with sheer determination, were essential to our effective response and a historic recovery that made life better for Americans across the country,” Zients said.

Justin Scaccy

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