ALERT: CDC Director Quits

( – BREAKING NOW: Just moments ago, President Joe Biden announced that Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the Director of the United States Centers for Disease Control, is leaving her post.

Biden issued the following statement:

Dr. Walensky has saved lives with her steadfast and unwavering focus on the health of every American. As Director of the CDC, she led a complex organization on the frontlines of a once-in-a-generation pandemic with honesty and integrity. She marshalled our finest scientists and public health experts to turn the tide on the urgent crises we’ve faced.

Dr. Walensky leaves CDC a stronger institution, better positioned to confront health threats and protect Americans. We have all benefited from her service and dedication to public health, and I wish her the best in her next chapter.

As The Hill notes in its coverage, “Walensky’s exit comes days before the federal government is set to end the declaration of a public health emergency around COVID-19. She has led the agency since the start of the Biden administration in January 2021.”

Further, “Earlier [today], the World Health Organization (WHO) announced it was downgrading its declaration of COVID-19 as a public health emergency of international concern (PHEIC), more than three years after it was first declared.”