CDC Director Rochelle Walensky Says We Just Need Two Weeks to Stop the Delta Variant

Perhaps CDC Director Rochelle Walensky has no sense of irony. We recently passed the 500th day to slow the spread, which, as we all know, started with 15 days to slow the spread in March of 2020. Now, Walensky is saying that if we all put on a face diaper and get the jab, we can defeat the Delta variant in a few weeks:

“We can halt the chain of transmission,” Walensky told “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday. “We can do something if we unify together, if we get people vaccinated who are not yet vaccinated, if we mask in the interim, we can halt this in just a matter of a couple of weeks.”

I love how Walensky constantly says things that her own agency’s website does not support. The CDC will not consider any American who receives the vaccination today “fully vaccinated” for two weeks. That is, if they can find the Johnson and Johnson vaccine at all. If they receive a Pfizer or Moderna vaccine, full efficacy is not reached for 35 and 42 days, respectively. That is well beyond a couple of weeks.

In fact, after two weeks, people vaccinated today will not receive their second dose for three weeks with Pfizer and four weeks with Moderna. Clinical trials placed single-dose effectiveness after 13 days at 52%, and a study in Israel found it was 57% effective in preventing symptomatic illness. The FDA puts efficacy against symptomatic infection between 29.5% and 84.5% because there was not much circulating virus at the time of the trial.

And about that two-week timeframe. It just might be that Walensky is being informed by the experience of a similar country. The United Kingdom started a sustained increase in the number of daily cases around June 3, 2021. They reached their peak on July 16 and have shown a sharp decline since. The United States started a sustained increase on July 3, 2021. – READ MORE