CDC Director Rochelle Walensky sat down for a 20-minute interview with Bret Baier last Friday. I have posted the video at the bottom. FOX news history in the interview he pulls out some relevant and newsworthy exchanges. The interview certainly revealed the current News Block that permeates the CDC statements and guidance. Walensky really should quit and run for office.
I was particularly interested in an exchange that I have not seen listed anywhere. Unfortunately, I had to listen to the video to transcribe Walensky’s response to questions asked at 4:45 by Dominic Marci from Vienna, Virginia. Marci asked when those of us who have been vaccinated will return to normal and, when other variants appear, what metrics will dictate the CDC’s recommendations.
Baier then interceded to “try to put a finer point” on Marci’s questions. “Now it seems that we are trying to kill this virus completely” instead of living with it. Baier asked, “Can you just answer your percentage point question?”
Plot Spoiler: The answer is no, you can’t.
Here’s what Walensky said: “Thank you, Dominic. Thanks for that question. So I think it’s very important to recognize that when you think about the absolute number of people who get infected, that is related to the number of people who have the disease, the number of people who are vaccinated, and how well those vaccines worked. So it is actually quantitatively possible to have 95 percent protection against hospitalization and still have many serious infections if the majority of the population is vaccinated. ”
Baier tried again. Walensky responded, “So I just want to say that this was not news that I expected the American people to receive. This weighed heavily on having to do this, but I will also say that this virus has been humbling. I was caring for patients a year ago. I joined the CDC six months ago and the science continues to change and while that is neither simple nor easy to convey, it is my responsibility to keep Americans safe and as the science evolves, I evolve, with the CDC , The Guide [sic]. What I am going to say … I have no interest in continuing with the mask orientation and the best way to stop the spread of a new variant is to have less virus and the best way to do that is to vaccinate people and wear the mask they even are. “
Well, maybe she answered the question in her own way after all.