Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) mentioned Tuesday she didn’t need her workers educated after Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky supplied to make clear the reporting process on COVID-19 vaccines for Greene’s staff. (Watch the video beneath.)
It was mainly an interrogation supposed to humiliate Walensky in entrance of a House committee. The anti-vaxx lawmaker interpreted information from the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System, or VAERS, to baselessly counsel that an inordinate quantity of Americans died from the photographs, and suffered miscarriages and stillbirths.
Greene blathered on about vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna reaping fortunes. She facetiously requested Walensky, who leaves her put up on the finish of the month, if she deliberate to affix the board of both firm “because you’ve done one hell of a job at making sure that they’ve made a lot of money.”
Walensky stored her cool, noting that she couldn’t deal with the economics of the vaccines as a result of the CDC didn’t buy them. But she did need to make clear VAERS. Walensky mentioned the information consists of any antagonistic occasion that occurred to somebody after they obtained a vaccine. That consists of being hit by a truck.
“You did nothing about that and continue to push vaccines,” Greene mentioned. “That’s what the American people care about.”
“We review all of the things that come into the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System. I’d be happy to have our staff educate your staff on the matter,” Walensky replied.
“I don’t want my staff educated,” Greene snapped. “You should educate the American people about what you’ve done of 1.5 million reports because they feel like you’ve done nothing and continue to say ‘safe and effective.’”
Walensky concluded with a smile: “Maybe I will just close by saying I don’t have plans after I, uh, step down. Thank you.”
Walensky introduced her resignation in May, saying the waning of the pandemic was time for a transition. Her final day might be June 30.
After greater than 670 million doses for the reason that photographs turned accessible in December 2020, “the good news is that vaccines are still expected to be effective at preventing severe disease, hospitalization, and death from COVID-19,” Yale Medicine wrote in May.