The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently issued a number of startling statements regarding its operations during the COVID pandemic, specifically through one of its chief representatives, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky.
During a recent appearance on NBC News, Walensky openly proclaimed that the federal health agency had made “dramatic” mistakes over the course of the pandemic.
“For 75 years, CDC, and truly all public health in this nation, have been preparing for something like the size and scope of COVID-19,” Walensky declared, effectively illuminating the extent to which the CDC was not prepared for addressing the pandemic.
“We need to recognize that in our big moment, our performance didn’t reliably meet the expectations of this country,” Walensky continued gravely, “and that’s exactly why I called for this ‘reset,’ why I called for this review.”
In a recent video to the 11,000 individuals employed at CDC, Walensky also admitted that the federal agency bore responsibility “for some pretty dramatic, pretty public mistakes, from testing to data to communications.”
One of the “pretty dramatic” mistakes includes the apparent deployment of “faulty” COVID tests across the nation, which may have impacted efforts to help reduce the rapid spread of the virus nationwide.
The COVID pandemic is believed to have killed at least one million individuals across the United States.
The CDC director continued to prattle on about other mistakes the federal agency made, including the inadequate speed in which critical data about the virus was released.
The delay in the release of data inhibits the agency’s ability to communicate with Americans clearly. For this reason, Walensky is angling towards “clear, concise messages about public health threats, [written] in plain language that can be grasped without sifting through voluminous pages on a website,” which will help further mitigate confusion and enhance public communication.
The various mistakes made by the CDC are precisely why Walensky desires a “reset,” which will enhance the ability of the CDC to fulfill its primary objectives with regards to public health.
“We have some extraordinary people at the CDC who are often up all night to protect America’s health,” Walensky asserted.