CDC Director Walensky Refuses To Agree With Biden That Pandemic Over

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky refused to directly answer whether she agrees with President Joe Biden that the pandemic is over, instead encouraging the public to get the new bivalent COVID-19 booster shot.

Walensky appeared in a television interview after being administered her own shot of the bivalent booster now offered by Moderna. Afterwards, she emphasized the importance of getting vaccinated to prevent severe disease in the coming winter months.

“I’m here getting my updated fall vaccine because I think it’s critically important to do,” Walensky said. “All the data from this new bivalent vaccine have demonstrated that it will protect you against — more likely protect you — against the strains that we have circulating right now, those Omicron BA.5 strains, as well as keep you well protected, because we’ve seen that some of that protection can wane over time.”

“So, we are really encouraging everybody to roll up their sleeves and get this updated bivalent vaccine,” she added.

However, when asked whether she agrees with Biden’s assessment that the pandemic is over, Walensky focused her messaging on advocating for the booster shot and other COVID-19 resources and refused to say if she agreed with the president.

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

“You know, here’s what I can tell you, we’re in a different place,” Walensky replied. “Deaths are still at 350 a day, but they are way lower than they were a year ago, two years ago at this time.”

“So, we are continuing to do everything we can, promoting these updated booster shots so that people can get the protection that they need, but recognizing that we are in a much better place than we were a year ago at this time,” Walensky continued.

When Moran pressed Walensky to say outright that the pandemic is over, she again talked around the issue.

“Well, we continue to encourage people to do all the things that they can do to protect themselves,” she said. “We have the tools right now to protect yourself.”

This past Sunday, Biden appeared on “60 Minutes” and stated that he believes the pandemic is behind us.