CDC Director Rochelle Walensky unclear on death ‘from COVID’ vs ‘with COVID’

During an interview with Fox News anchor Bret Baier, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), appeared unable to say just how many of the over 836,000 Americans whose deaths have been attributed to the coronavirus pandemic might have died “with COVID” rather than “from COVID.”

“Do you know how many of the 836,000 deaths in the U.S. linked to COVID are from COVID or how many are with COVID but they had other comorbidities? Do you have that breakdown?” Baier asked.

“Yes, of course with Omicron we’re following that very carefully,” Walensky replied, giving no indication that those numbers were available for the totals prior to the recent Omicron-driven surge in infections.

“Our death registry, of course, takes a few weeks to — and is a — takes a few weeks to collect, and of course, Omicron has just been with us for a few weeks, but those data will be forthcoming.”

Watch the clip below, via Twitter.

The CDC will begin to provide data on how many of the 836,000 deaths in the U.S. linked to Covid are FROM Covid and how many are WITH Covid. I’ve been encouraging this from day one as it would have changed the entire perspective on the response. Glad it’s finally happening,” Dr. David Samadi said, claiming this was an important step in determining the true impact of the pandemic.

Recently, Dr. Anthony Fauci conceded that officials might be over-counting the number of COVID cases, particularly with regard to pediatric cases in hospitals.

That clip is also below.

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