Amid multiple reports that the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) falsified and withheld information and advocated vaccine mandates, even for toddlers, after studies showed vaccines are likely unnecessary, ineffective or dangerous, the CDC is now admitting “mistakes” and planning to overhaul the agency.
On Wednesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky finally acknowledged what many have been saying for more than a year: her agency has made major “mistakes” in handling the pandemic.
While still urging people to be vaccinated and warning that another COVID variant was likely on the way, Walensky said that the CDC has been preparing for a COVID-like pandemic for years, “and in our big moment, our performance did not reliably meet expectations.”
Translation: We needlessly pushed for mask mandates, business closures and lockdowns and restricted prescribing helpful medications while advocating protocols and medications known to be ineffective or produce severe adverse reactions, including death.
Confident of her job security due to the CDC’s strong tie to the Biden administration, Walenski said: “I want us all to do better and it starts with CDC leading the way.”
According to The New York Post, in a separate interview, Walensky said of the pandemic response, “It’s not lost on me that we fell short in many ways.”
Walenski added: “We had some pretty public mistakes, and so much of this effort was to hold up the mirror … to understand where and how we could do better.”
The Post cited Bloomberg as saying that the CDC’s planned “reset will revamp everything from the CDC’s operations to its culture, moving away from focusing on academic studies to instead prioritize responding to emerging emergencies.”
Walensky’s strong on eloquence soft in content statement concluded with: [The reset will] “emphasize accountability, collaboration, communication and timeliness … it will help the CDC meet its fullest potential.”
Mary Wakefield, 68, the former head of Health Resources and Services Administration during the Obama administration, has been tasked with implementing the changes.
Walensky noted that a new executive council would help set strategy and priorities.
In a line worthy of a work of fiction, Walensky sought to throw some spotlight and praise her way by saying: “I feel like it’s my responsibility to lead this agency to a better place after a really challenging three years.”