Senior Health Official Nancy Messonnier Resigns from Her Position at CDC

FILE PHOTO: Director of the Center for the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases (NCIRD) doctor Nancy Messonnier speaks about the public health response to the outbreak of the coronavirus during a news conference at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in Washington, U.S., January 28, 2020. REUTERS/Amanda Voisard

Senior health official Nancy Messonnier has resigned from her position at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the agency’s Director Rochelle Walensky said on Friday.

Messonnier, who warned the United States about the COVID-19 pandemic last year, has been the director of the CDC’s National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases since 2016.

“She has made significant contributions to public health and leaves behind a legacy of strong leadership and courage,” Walensky said in an emailed statement.

Walensky said she had received Messonnier’s resignation this morning.

Messonnier’s resignation is effective May 14, the Washington Post reported earlier on Friday.

SOURCE: Reuters

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