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IDSA Statement on CDC Director Rochelle Walensky  

Clinicians and researchers who focus on combatting infectious diseases are grateful for the leadership and contributions of Dr. Rochelle Walensky during her tenure leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She took on the challenge of leading the nation’s public health agency at a crucial time during the COVID-19 pandemic and her leadership saved lives. 

Her most notable public health accomplishment at CDC was leading the rapid and efficient rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine to hundreds of millions of Americans, with a priority on safety and equity. Dr. Walensky’s efforts to modernize CDC and ensure the nation’s future health preparedness will be an important legacy.
Carlos del Rio, MD, FIDSA 
President, Infectious Diseases Society of America

About IDSA
The Infectious Diseases Society of America is a community of more than 12,000 physicians, scientists and public health experts who specialize in infectious diseases. Its purpose is to improve the health of individuals, communities and society by promoting excellence in patient care, education, research, public health and prevention relating to infectious diseases. Learn more at

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