The pandemic broke the CDC. New director will try to fix it.

The incoming CDC director has a lot of work to do, and she knows it. Dr. Rochelle Walensky said on Tuesday (Jan. 19) that over the last four years, scientists with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) “have been muzzled” and “science hasn’t been heard.”

Walensky, formerly a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School and chief of the division of infectious diseases at Massachusetts General Hospital, will be sworn in on Jan. 20 with President-elect Joe Biden — exactly one year since the first officially reported COVID-19 case was reported in the U.S. “The good news in my mind is there hasn’t been a mass exodus of the talent, the talent is still there,” Walensky said during a livestream interview conducted by The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “What I need to do is make sure that those voices get heard again.”

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