CDC director Walensky evades whether COVID pandemic is over

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During an interview with TBEN News on Thursday, CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky repeatedly saying whether she agrees with President Joe Biden’s assessment that the coronavirus pandemic is over.

Host Terry Moran asked, “Dr. Walensky, what was your reaction when you heard President Biden say the pandemic is over, and what do you think?”

Walensky replied, ‘You know, this is what I can tell you, we’re in a different place. Schools are open and businesses are open. We have a lot of population immunity right now. We already have a lot of protection against vaccination. The death toll is still 350 a day, but they are much lower than a year ago, two years ago at this time. So we’ll continue to do everything we can to promote these updated booster shots so that people get the protection they need, but we recognize that we’re in a much better place than we were a year ago right now.”

Moran then asked, “But the pandemic isn’t over yet, from your perspective?”

Walensky replied, “Well, we continue to encourage people to do everything they can to protect themselves. We now have the tools to protect yourself. You can get your primary series, if you haven’t already. You can Getting Your Updated Fall Bivalent Vaccine And Then, Should You Actually Get It? [infected], we have tools like Paxlovid so you can protect yourself from serious illness, hospitalization and death. So, I think, when we look at the big picture, things are very different. Our hospitals are not overloaded, people are back to work, schools are open again. I think those are really and crucially important stats.”

Later, Walensky discussed how the CDC should better communicate with the public.

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