Rochelle Walensky was giving a briefing on Monday as per her position as head of the CDC, and appeared to go "off-script" on camera in order to supposedly express her own feelings.
"CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky goes off script with an emotional plea to the public about an “impending doom” following rise in COVID cases: 'Right now, I’m scared.'"
Walensky appears on the verge of tears as she appeals to people to "hold on a little while longer" to avoid what people are calling a possible "fourth wave" of COVID.
According to Axios, new cases of the novel coronavirus are rising in some areas throughout the US, mostly in northeastern states where lockdown measures are still fully in effect.
In states like Texas where life has gone completely back to normal, cases and hospitalizations are actually down at this point in time. More states are following Texas's lead as vaccines are quickly rolled out countrywide.
"I'm going to reflect on the recurring feeling I have of impending doom. We do not have the luxury of inaction. For the health of our country, we must work together now to prevent a fourth surge."
"The thing that’s different this time is we actually have it in our power to be done with this scale of vaccination and that will be so much slower if we have another surge to deal with as well."
"I’m speaking today not necessarily as your CDC director, but as a wife, as a mother, as a daughter to ask you to just please hold on a little while longer. I so badly want to be done. I know you all so badly want to be done. We are just almost there, but not quite yet."
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