Dr. Nancy Messonnier, who famously warned the nation early final 12 months that the coronavirus would upend their lives, resigned from her place on the Facilities for Illness Management and Safety on Friday.
Dr. Messonnier’s resignation is efficient Could 14. She is taking over a brand new function as an government director on the Skoll Basis, a philanthropical group primarily based in Palo Alto, Calif., she instructed workers in an electronic mail on Friday.
Her exit could augur extra adjustments on the company. Stories 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 household and I’ve decided that now could be one of the best time for me to transition to a brand new section of my profession,” Dr. Messonnier wrote within the electronic mail to workers.
Dr. Messonnier started her profession in public well being in 1995 with a stint within the prestigious Epidemic Intelligence Service. She has since held various management posts within the C.D.C. Since 2016, she has served as director of the Nationwide Heart for Immunization and Respiratory Ailments, the C.D.C. division chargeable for managing influenza and different respiratory threats.
In late 2019, she turned the company’s lead in responding to the coronavirus, and initially shared a stage with President Trump at briefings concerning the coronavirus.
She fell out of favor with President Trump and despatched shares tumbling after she sounded a dire alarm concerning the coronavirus, saying it could disrupt the lives of each American.
“It’s not a query of if this can occur however when this can occur and the way many individuals on this nation can have extreme sicknesses,” she mentioned on Feb. 25, simply as Mr. Trump was boarding Air Pressure One in New Delhi for his flight dwelling.
Quickly after that, she stopped showing at briefings of the White Home and of the C.D.C.