Director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases Nancy Messonie spoke at a press conference today at the Ministry of Health and Social Services on the coordinated public health response to the coronavirus in 2019 (2019-nCoV), January 28, 2020 in Washington.
Dr Nancy Messonier, a health expert who was among the first to issue alarms about the US coronavirus threat, is stepping down from his role at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency̵
Messonie “leaves behind a strong force of leadership and courage in everything she has done,” CDC Director Rochelle Valenski told a news briefing. “I want to wish her the best in her future endeavors.”
Valensky did not address a reporter’s question asking why Messonie was recently reassigned from her role as head of the CDC’s Covid vaccine working group.
Messonie, who has been director of the agency’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases since 2016, will resign from the agency on May 14, many stores announced on Friday.
She will take on a new role as executive director of pandemic and public health systems at the Skoll Foundation, a California organization, she told colleagues in an email.
Messonie’s resignation was first announced by The Washington Post.
In early 2020, when less than 100 Covid cases were reported in the United States, Messonie called on the nation to begin preparations for a massive epidemic that would drastically affect normal life.
“I understand that this whole situation can seem overwhelming and that disrupting everyday life can be serious. But these are things that people need to start thinking about now,” Messonier said in February 2020.
Messonie’s harsh warnings contrasted sharply with then-President Donald Trump’s announcements at the same time, prompting him to threaten to fire her.
The former president has wrongly tried to reassure the nation that the small number of American Covid cases “will drop to zero in a matter of days” and disappear “miraculously.”
More than 32,606,724 Covid infections have been reported in the United States and at least 580,076 people have died, according to Johns Hopkins University.