CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky has resigned her post as the head of America’s top public health agency. In honour of her resignation, it’s worth revisiting some of her most obvious disasters. There’s a nearly endless number of possibilities to make Walensky’s list of shame. But here are a few favourites.
Vaccinated People Don’t Get Sick
Soon after taking over her post, she told the public that vaccinated people were not only protected from serious illness and death, but all infection.
“Our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick, and that it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real-world data,” she claimed.
There may never be a more inaccurate statement issued by a public official on any issue. It was utterly incomprehensible at the time, totally unsupported and designed to provoke mandates.
Soon afterwards, real-world data confirmed she was completely wrong about vaccine efficacy.
Masks Are Effective
One of the most pernicious, inexcusable mistakes was repeatedly telling the public that masks were protective at preventing transmission or infection.
Masks can help reduce your chance of #COVID19 infection by more than 80%.
Masks also help protect from other illnesses like common cold and flu. Wearing a mask- along w/ getting vaccinated- are important steps to stay healthy. #WeCanDoThis @HHSgov https://t.co/bfOV5VzBpq pic.twitter.com/6DGj8nwPgD
— Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH (@CDCDirector) November 5, 2021