CDC's director is wrong — COVID doom is not nigh
Dr. Marc Siegel reports for The Hill:
Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is an extremely knowledgeable, renowned infectious disease specialist. The former chief of the infectious diseases division at Massachusetts General Hospital and a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, she is a straightforward scientist and intuitive physician.
So there was no reason for me to disbelieve her, or to think she was invoking the politics of fear, when she said she felt a sense of “impending doom” regarding COVID-19 and that she is “scared.” She was referring to the uptick of COVID-19 cases in the U.S in the past week, the increasing spread of more contagious — and more virulent — variants, as well as the death rate remaining over 1,000 per day. She also was no doubt too well aware of the new European lockdowns and the eruption of cases in Brazil where the P1 variant has been spreading.
But we have the same tool in our arsenal that Israel and the United Kingdom have used so effectively, the same tool that most other countries lack — namely, an increasingly available vaccine. A vaccine to slay our viral enemy, to defang all these variants, to place us securely on the road to recovery.