Wallensky, 51, is a professor at Harvard Medical School. Previously, she was president of Massachusetts Central Hospital, in charge of infectious disease prevention and control. She was an AIDS expert at the CDC. During the COVID-19, Velenczei served as a member of the Massachusetts Advisory Group on epidemic diseases to help formulate the state’s epidemic prevention plan. She has also repeatedly accused the trump administration of its epidemic prevention strategy.
President Biden’s transition team nominated wallensky as CDC director on the 6th, AP reported. She will take up her post at CDC headquarters in Atlanta on the 22nd. Her replacement is Dr. Robert Redfield, 69. Redfield was appointed director of the CDC by the trump administration in 2018. During his tenure, the official in charge kept a low profile.
In an interview with the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) on the 19th, wallensky said that one of his first tasks after taking office is to rebuild public trust in CDC. Valensky said the CDC will hold regular press conferences to release relevant data and update guidance and suggestions in a timely manner. She also said that the reasons for the failure of the new coronavirus detection tool launched by CDC before may be reviewed.
According to the Wall Street journal, COVID-19 has exposed some of the business problems of CDC, such as the COVID-19 testing tools issued to the states in February 2020, which proved to be flawed. After some universities launched a better diagnosis system, CDC lost the central position of COVID-19’s data monitoring agency. In addition, the trump government has repeatedly intervened in CDC’s epidemic prevention decisions, resulting in a continuous decline in public trust in CDC.
According to the Johns ·, Hopki University COVID-19 statistics, as of January 20th local time, COVID-19 in the United States has caused more than 400 thousand deaths. According to CDC data, at least 122 cases of mutated new coronavirus have been found in the UK in 20 states. CDC scientists predict that unless measures are taken to slow the spread of the virus, the mutated virus will become the main strain in March this year.
Wallensky said the epidemic is expected to continue to spread in the United States in the next few weeks. She stressed that the top priority to stop the spread of the virus is to persuade people to wear masks, and at the same time, speed up the vaccination work.
It is worth noting that the vaccination work in the United States is still far slower than expected. According to the CDC, the federal government has distributed more than 35.99 million doses of vaccine to States, 16.52 million people have been vaccinated, of which more than 2.16 million have completed two doses. According to comprehensive media news, public health departments in New York, Florida, West Virginia and San Francisco have indicated that there may be a shortage of new crown vaccines this week.