Biden CDC Director: Data Suggests ‘Vaccinated People Do Not Carry the Virus’
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky said those vaccinated against Covid-19 are unlikely to carry the virus, eliminating the risk that they would be contagious to others.
“We’re vaccinating so very fast, our data from the CDC today suggests that vaccinated people do not carry the virus, don’t get sick — and it’s not just in the clinical trials, but it’s also in real world data,” Walensky said in a Monday evening interview with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow. Walensky made headlines for choking up at a White House briefing earlier in the day, saying she had a “feeling” about “impending doom.”
She noted in her interview with Maddow that 93 million Americans have received at least the first of a two-dose vaccine for the coronavirus, while 51 million have received both doses. However, she said her feeling of “doom” as a result of infections picking up.
“On the other side, I’m watching the cases tick up,” Walensky said. “I’m watching us have increased numbers of hypertransmissible variants. I’m watching our travel numbers tick up. And the sense is, I have seen what it looks like to anticipate the oncoming surge. And what I really would hate to have happen is to have another oncoming surge just as we’re reaching towards getting so many more people vaccinated. You know, we’re still losing people at 1,000 deaths a day. And so I just can’t face another surge when there’s so much optimism right at our fingertips.”
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