CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Gets Grilled On Mask Accompaniment During Heated Capitol Hill Hearing
‘The American people just lost patience with you’: CDC director Rochelle Walensky is grilled during heated Capitol Hill hearing and forced to defend agency guidelines on masks
- Republican senators tore into Centers for Disease Control and Prevention director Rochelle Walensky during a hearing Tuesday over the pandemic response
- Lawmakers allege the CDC has been inconsistent and confusing – mostly because they didn’t relax rules on masks despite massive vaccinations
- ‘I’ve always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. I don’t anymore, ”Senator Susan Collins of Maine said at the hearing
- “The American people have just lost patience with us, with you,” said Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy. ‘I would ask you to be aware of their frustrations’
Republican lawmakers bumped into Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky on Tuesday regarding mask guidelines and the agency’s integrity as restrictions remain despite mass vaccinations.
‘I’ve always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. Not me anymore, ”Senator Susan Collins of Maine said during a Capitol Hill hearing on the pandemic response Tuesday.
Collins told Walensky that she “ used to have the greatest respect for the guidance of the CDC, ” but now feels it has issued “ conflicting, confusing guidelines ” that contradict health officials.
So here we have unnecessary barriers to reopening schools, exaggerating the risks of outdoor transfer and unworkable restrictions on summer camps. Why does this matter? Collins continued. “It’s important because it undermines public confidence in your recommendation, in the recommendations that are correct, in the recommendations that Americans should follow.”
Republican senators tore CDC director Rochelle Walensky during a hearing Tuesday over the pandemic response, claiming the agency was inconsistent and confusing.
‘I’ve always considered the CDC to be the gold standard. Not me anymore, ”said Senator Susan Collins of Maine
Republican senators argued in a hearing Tuesday with Walenksy and director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Anthony Fauci that the ongoing restrictions – particularly with regard to face covers – are unreasonable as more Americans are vaccinated.
Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy also expressed frustration with the CDC.
He told Walensky Tuesday that the American people are “starting to ignore what you say is true.”
“The American people have just lost patience with us, with you,” Cassidy said. I would ask you to be aware of their frustrations and spend a little bit of real time updating these things. I’m sorry to be so frustrated. ‘
The hearing was held just as the Food and Drug Administration approved Pfizer vaccines for children 12 and older.
The new authorization gives hope to children returning to full-time school in the fall and camping this summer.
Previously, no one under the age of 16 was authorized to receive any of the coronavirus vaccines.
“The American people have just lost patience with us, with you,” said Louisiana Senator Bill Cassidy. ‘I would ask you to be aware of their frustrations and spend a little bit of real time updating these things’
Walensky was behind current CDC guidelines, pointing to immunocompromised communities, but got personal when talking about children attending summer camp, claiming that her 16-year-old son is counting down the days to camp.
“I want our kids back in the camp,” she said. ‘We now have an average of 38,000 new infections per day. Last May 11, there were 24,000. And we sent many children home and camps were closed. The camp guidance is intended to get our children to the camp and let them stay there. ‘
When asked how Pfizer authorized their vaccinations for people ages 12-15, Walensky said she would encourage parents to wait for their children to ask for the injection.
“I recognize that some parents want to see how it goes, but I encourage all children to get vaccinated,” she said at the hearing. “And I also encourage children to ask for the vaccine.”
‘I have a 16 year old and I go on to say he wanted to get the vaccine. He wants his life back, ”she said.