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.
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.