The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director, Rochelle Walensky, has resigned from her position amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The news comes as the World Health Organization (WHO) announces the end of the pandemic is not yet in sight.
Walensky has been the director of the CDC since January 2021 and was appointed by President Biden. She led the agency during the surge of COVID-19 cases in the United States and worked to promote vaccination efforts. In her resignation letter, she cited the need to spend more time with her family as the reason for her departure.
Meanwhile, the WHO Director-General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, warned that the pandemic is far from over and called on countries to work together to combat the virus. The WHO has criticized the unequal distribution of vaccines and the lack of support for low- and middle-income countries.