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A member of the Biden cabinet intervened, trying to defend the CDC director

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But on the same day, a cut in an interview recorded on ABC News sparked another round of criticism.

CNN’s Daniel Dale noted that the ABC News interview omitted other comments showing Walensky was talking about a study of people vaccinated – not Covid cases overall – in which 36 out of over a million people were deceased (i.e. more than 75% of 36 people). The problem for Walensky was that the out of context comments were already there.
(She then tweeted an explanation that she “turned to medicine – HIV in particular – and public health to protect our most at risk.”)

Walensky told a Senate health committee on Tuesday that “this was a pre-recorded interview and much of it was cut out and that sentence was taken out of context.”

“The study was a cohort of 1.2 million people who were vaccinated and 36 people died, demonstrating their remarkable effectiveness of our vaccines, but no less tragic are the 36 people who died from Covid-19 and that a lot of them had comorbidities, ”she said.

Meanwhile, conservatives had also seized on Walensky’s reluctance in an interview with Fox on Sunday to determine how many of the 800,000 deaths of Americans during the pandemic were a direct result of the virus. “Walensky is dodging the number of Covid deaths in the United States that are actually caused by Covid,” reads a National Review headline. Walensky said in this interview “our death registry takes a few weeks to collect and Omicron has only been with us for a few weeks, but that data will be available.”

These times are part of a larger issue with the CDC, particularly in relation to the organization’s sometimes confusing and seemingly contradictory quarantine times when it comes to people who test positive for Covid-19.

So you can see why some in the Biden administration would want to throw Walensky a life jacket. Enter Secretary Xavier Becerra, head of the Department of Health and Human Services, in an interview he gave to CNN on Monday.

Here’s the key bit (bold is mine): “Rochelle Walensky is an expert in infectious diseases. She has a medical license and she has a diploma in public health. She does not have a degree in marketing. She graduated in medicine and public health and is an expert in infectious diseases. Who do I want to run CDC? Someone who knows infectious disease, someone who understands this stuff. And so, while we may have some trouble with some of the marketing that’s been done, I guarantee Dr. Walensky is someone we need at the CDC.

“Marketing”? Oh good?

Let’s remember what we’re talking about here when we talk about the CDC: It’s the country’s leading repository of knowledge and guidance on best practices for successfully mitigating the spread of a virus that has killed more than 839,000 Americans. and 5.5 million people around the world.

The CDC is not trying to make a product more attractive to a theoretical consumer. It is to help save lives, to prevent people from dying needlessly from this terrible virus. Walensky does not hang the “ShamWow”; he’s a doctor telling America how to stay safe.

So the problem is not “marketing”. It is clear communication on, literally, a matter of life and death.

Look, I understand what Becerra was trying to do. He saw Walensky struggling and trying to help him. Instead, he helped drag them both lower.


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