This is horrible!
Appearing on an episode of CBS Mornings on Tuesday (December 14th), CDC Director Rochelle Walenksy said we would have to learn to live with COVID-19.
During the broadcast, co-host Gayle King raised the idea that the public would not be given the all-clear and would have to live with COVID-19. Walensky agreed with her statement.
However, Walensky also mentioned that the public had the power to reduce the amount of disease in the country “and get much faster to that place.”
The co-hosts also mentioned that people were ready to have a conversation surrounding COVID-19 that didn’t include a crisis narrative but moved toward a way of living with the virus.
Walensky said that moving toward living with the virus was the goal.
Yet, she doused any hope that this approach would be implemented soon, saying that although “we all want to get there,” the country still had 1,100 deaths every day, adding that “we can’t be cavalier about the fact that we are losing so many lives.”
However, she failed to discuss recent CDC data that revealed that the 43 cases with the Omicron variant had been identified in t fully vaccinated individuals and that symptoms were mild.
Nate Burleson, a co-host, added that not all scientists agreed that boosters were necessary. Walensky, however, did not respond directly to the question, only pointing out the need for protection, saying that the more mutation a variant had, the more immune protection was needed.
When queried about the definition of being fully vaccinated changing, Walensky only said the desire was for people to be doubly vaccinated, adding that when people would be eligible to get the booster, they get the booster.
Recent federal data showed that already 202.2 million people in the U.S were fully vaccinated, and already 54.4 million of those people had received a booster dose.