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CDC leader faces precarious political moment

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Rochelle WalenskyRochelle WalenskySunday shows – Voting rights in the spotlight after Jan. 6 anniversary CDC director responds to criticisms of agency’s guidance: ‘This is hard’ Sunday shows preview: Congress marks Jan. 6 anniversary; US, Russia to hold talks amid rising tensions MORE is under fire for failing to adequately communicate agency guidance as the U.S. enters the third year of the pandemic and the administration struggles to control the rapidly spreading omicron variant. 

The criticisms, most recently about the agency’s guidelines on isolation and quarantine, are coming from people both outside and inside the agency, reflecting rising frustration during a precarious moment for both Walensky and the CDC.  

Coronavirus infections are rising exponentially as the omicron variant spreads, and there’s growing concern that Walensky and the agency’s stumbles are contributing to Americans’…

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