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Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Biden’s choice for CDC chief, brings stellar reputation as scientist and communicator - The Boston Globe
“She has a history of standing up for what’s right,” said Dr. Megan Ranney, an associate professor of emergency medicine at Brown University’s Alpert Medical School. “She has an impeccable reputation as a scientist, and a communicator, and a leader.”
When Massachusetts General Hospital unexpectedly received 1,000 doses of a scarce new drug to treat COVID-19 last May, the hospital’s infectious diseases chief, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, didn’t feel lucky — she knew it was unfair. Some other hospitals hadn’t gotten any doses at all.
Instead of hoarding the cache for her patients, Walensky helped organize a cooperative effort among the state’s hospitals to ensure the drug, remdesivir, was equitably distributed.
Her penchant for that kind of leadership — empathic, collaborative, and deeply ethical — was one of the reasons medical and public health professionals nationwide rejoiced at President-elect Joseph R. Biden’s decision to name Walensky the next director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.