Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who famously warned the nation early final 12 months that the coronavirus would upend their lives, resigned from her place at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Friday.
Dr. Messonnier’s resignation is efficient May 14. She is taking on a brand new function as an govt director at the Skoll Foundation, a philanthropical group based mostly in Palo Alto, Calif., she informed workers in an e mail on Friday.
Her exit might augur extra adjustments at the company. Reports have circulated for weeks that the C.D.C.’s new director, Dr. Rochelle Walensky, deliberate to utterly reorganize the division Dr. Messonnier led.
“My family and I have determined that now is the best time for me to transition to a new phase of my career,” Dr. Messonnier wrote in the e mail to workers.
Dr. Messonnier started her profession in public well being in 1995 with a stint in the prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service. She has since held various management posts in the C.D.C. Since 2016, she has served as director of the National Center for Immunization and Respiratory Diseases, the C.D.C. division chargeable for managing influenza and different respiratory threats.
In late 2019, she grew to become the company’s lead in responding to the coronavirus, and initially shared a stage with President Trump at briefings about the coronavirus.
She fell out of favor with President Trump and despatched shares tumbling after she sounded a dire alarm about the coronavirus, saying it would disrupt the lives of each American.
“It’s not a question of if this will happen but when this will happen and how many people in this country will have severe illnesses,” she stated on Feb. 25, simply as Mr. Trump was boarding Air Force One in New Delhi for his flight residence.
Soon after that, she stopped showing at briefings of the White House and of the C.D.C.