“I take it back!” Brenda Fitzgerald being sworn into office.

Brenda Fitzgerald resigns as CDC director.

Statement from U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Regarding CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald

“This morning Secretary Azar accepted Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald’s resignation as Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  Dr. Fitzgerald owns certain complex financial interests that have imposed a broad recusal limiting her ability to complete all of her duties as the CDC Director. Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.   After advising Secretary Azar of both the status of the financial interests and the scope of her recusal, Dr. Fitzgerald tendered, and the Secretary accepted, her resignation.  The Secretary thanks Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald for her service and wishes her the best in all her endeavors.”

— HHS Spokesman Matt Lloyd

Read Autism Investigated’s open letter to President Trump last summer to protest Dr. Fitzgerald’s appointment to CDC director. Selected excerpt:

If you want a genuine vaccine safety commission as you promised Robert F. Kennedy Jr., it will not work with federal agency heads all wanting to keep the status quo. You have already appointed someone to run the FDA who has testified that he will challenge you on vaccine safety. There was no major outcry then because, unlike CDC, FDA does not dictate federal vaccine policy.

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  1. foolmeonce on February 1, 2018 at 2:43 am said:

    Yes, now Alex Azar, the brand new Secretary of HHS and the former US president of Eli Lilly, will name a new CDC director to replace Fitzgerald, who was nominated by Tom Price, Trump’s disgraced first head of HHS, who–like Fitzgerald–resigned over conflicts, which in Price’s case, as I recall, involved enriching himself by purchasing stock in Innate Immunotherapeutics, a company that would benefit from the passage of legislation that Price sponsored.

    • The decision of who the next CDC director will be ultimately falls on the president. Speaking of which, you have been asked twice to say who you voted for in the 2016 election and have still not done so. Did you even vote at all? (This is the final chance you have to answer.)

      • foolmeonce on February 1, 2018 at 4:18 am said:

        Indeed, the decision regarding who will head HHS and CDC “ultimately falls on the president.” Unfortunately the president “ultimately” chose both Price (for HHS) and Fitzgerald (for CDC); both resigned due to conflicts of interest and apparent ethical challenges that merited their fate. Alex Azar, the former US president of Eli Lilly, will soon nominate the next head of the CDC.

        I did not did not vote for a candidate for president in the last election.

        • You have no idea how government appointments work. Nominations are made by the president and are only done when Senate confirmation is needed. No such confirmation for CDC director is required, so the president can simply choose whoever he wants for that position without any interference by legislators.

          You didn’t vote at all this past presidential election, why am I not surprised! You come in to make disparaging remarks about a group of voters under your pretentious “foolmeonce” pseudonym, when you can’t even claim any credit for defeating Crooked Hillary. Why should your political proclamations continue to be allowed through moderation when everything about you screams concern troll?

          • foolmeonce on February 1, 2018 at 6:15 pm said:

            I responded to your post “President Trump Should Keep His Promise On Vaccine Safety” by setting forth several reasons to believe that he would not do so: As you noted, the president has now installed pro-vaccine individuals to lead CDC, NIH, and HHS. Why do you believe that he will now act in a different manner?

  2. Hans Litten on February 1, 2018 at 10:34 am said:

    Dr. Anne Schuchat GR will serve as the acting director of the CDC until a replacement is found and confirmed.

    The Grim Reaper Herself !

  3. Hans Litten on February 4, 2018 at 3:50 pm said:

    Oh dear Oh dear Mr Obaminable ….

    A state-sponsored forced sterilization on a massive scale has allegedly taken place in Africa according to opposition leaders and the public who are railing against the government. An industrial pharmaceutical laboratory has since had its license suspended by the Kenya Accreditation Service as a result of the controversy.
    Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga—who swore himself in as president on Tuesday—claimed that at least 500,000 young girls and women may be infertile, following a tetanus vaccine administered by the government in 2014 and 2015.

    The controversy began coming to a head in 2016 when Agriq-Quest Ltd, a Nairobi-based pharmaceutical company got in a dispute with Kenya’s Ministry of Health over their tetanus and polio vaccinations. A group of Catholic doctors originally made the accusations claiming that the vaccines may contain a hormone that is dangerous to young women and can cause potential sterilization.

  4. Hans Litten on February 9, 2018 at 10:52 am said:

    Calling investors out there , buy Tobacco stock like Busy Brenda did !

    What we uncovered is new technology that utilizes tobacco leaves to produce vaccines in a much shorter time frame and clinical trials are already underway using this new technology to produce flu vaccines here in the US. So maybe Fitzgerald’s stocks had nothing to do with smoking tobacco cessation and everything to do with vaccine production?

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