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Biden’s head of CDC resigns

Idaho will use its National Guard to help fill staffing shortages due to the pandemic. (Youngrae Kim/Chicago Tribune/TNS)
May 05, 2023

The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced her resignation on Friday, becoming the second high-profile Biden administration official to leave in the last two weeks.

Dr. Rochelle Walensky notified President Joe Biden of her resignation, writing in a letter to the president that she had “mixed feelings” about the decision. Her last day will be June 30.

“I have never been prouder of anything I have done in my professional career,” she wrote.

Walensky played a crucial role in the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic since she took over as CDC Director in Jan. 2021.

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The CDC released a statement praising Walensky’s leadership, asserting that she “helped restore morale and a sense of normalcy to an agency that had been enduring significant public adversity related to the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“Walensky has led CDC through a transition to greater normalcy across the country, after two years of COVID-19 related closures and waves of dangerous, new virus variants. She also launched Moving Forward – a wide-ranging set of reforms designed to strengthen CDC communications and response operations,” the statement read.

Biden also released a statement on Walensky’s departure:

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.