CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says she ‘can’t face another’ COVID surge

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky says she ‘can’t face another’ COVID surge


CDC director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said in a new interview that she warned — and terrified — Americans of “impending doom” amid an uptick in COVID-19 cases because she “just can’t face another surge.”

“I`m watching the cases tick up. I`m watching us have increased numbers of hyper-transmissible variants. I`m watching our travel numbers tick up, and the sense is, I have seen what it looks like to anticipate the oncoming surge,” Walensky, 51, said Monday night on “The Rachel Maddow Show.

Walensky went off-script earlier in the day during the White House coronavirus press briefing to admit that she feared another wave of cases.

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She told Maddow that she would “really hate” to have another spike in cases just as more people are becoming vaccinated against the virus.

“You know, we`re still losing people at 1,000 deaths a day. And so I just can`t face another surge when there`s so much optimism right at our fingertips,” she said.

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