According to the new director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Dr. Mandy Cohen, her agency will likely be pushing Americans to get an annual COVID shot, not unlike the annual flu shot.
“I don’t want to get ahead of where our scientists are here and doing that evaluation work,” Cohen told Spectrum News, “but yes we anticipate that COVID will become similar to flu shots, where it is going to be you get your annual flu shot and you get your annual COVID shot.”
“We’re not quite there yet, but stay tuned,” she added. “I think within the next couple of weeks, month we’re going to hear more from our experts on COVID shots.”
“The new recommendation, which the agency is finalizing and is expected to announce in early September, is the first such guidance on how to protect against COVID-19 long-term,” Spectrum News reports.
Following the departure of Dr. Rochelle Walensky as CDC chief in early May, the Biden administration’s selection of Cohen, North Carolina’s former health secretary and the former chief operating officer and chief of staff at the federal Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services under the Obama administration, was swiftly criticized by those who fear she may be worse than her divisive predecessor.
Cohen “was the face of [Democrat North Carolina] Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, leading more than 100 press conferences to guide the state through weekly updates on the virus,” Axios reported ahead of her appointment.
But, as BizPac Review reported at the time, Cohen’s almost giddy description of how she and her colleagues devised the COVID mandates during her time as NC Health Director was enough for many to sound alarm bells on social media.
— BPR based (@DumpstrFireNews) June 4, 2023
“Probably the person I called most was the Secretary of Health and Human Services in Massachusetts,” Cohen gleefully recalled. “She was like, ‘are you gonna let them have professional football?’ And I was like, ‘no.’ And she’s like, ‘OK neither are we.'”
“This is evil,” stated the popular Twitter account, PoliMath. “The face of evil is giggling little girls pretending to be grown women plotting how to destroy the lives of others.”
To Spectrum News, Cohen admitted that, after COVID, many Americans no longer trust the CDC.
“There were some early places where the CDC didn’t perform and execute in the way they needed to,” she said.
Vaccine distrust, Cohen said, makes her fear for the children of our nation.
“I’m very worried about parents not vaccinating kids,” she said. “I got my kids vaccinated from the circulating viruses. There’s plenty of other things that are hard as parents that we can’t do. This is one we can do to protect our kids.”
But, online, users on X — some of whom say they were kicked off Twitter during the pandemic for predicting that COVID jabs would become an annual thing — aren’t buying Cohen’s pitch.
“I was literally suspended from Twitter for predicting this back in 2021,” stated attorney Michael P Senger.
New CDC Director Mandy Cohen: “We anticipate that COVID will become similar to flu shots, where it is going to be you get your annual flu shot and you get your annual COVID shot.”
I was literally suspended from Twitter for predicting this back in 2021.https://t.co/WeeECeh3ym
— Michael P Senger (@michaelpsenger) July 29, 2023
Dr. Richard Urso called the CDC a “clown show.”
“It doesn’t matter if it works or not,” he wrote on X. “You just need it.”
It doesn’t matter if it works or not. You just need it. The cdc is a clown show. https://t.co/Y7pLdzsLPG
— Dr. Urso (@richardursomd) July 31, 2023
Many other users found various ways of telling Cohen “no” to an annual jab.
How about NO?
Will you? pic.twitter.com/hT6Jvdk5A7
— Wall Street Silver (@WallStreetSilv) July 31, 2023
And I will politely decline. The CDC is bought and paid for by big pharma. https://t.co/uUIHpOILbZ
— KelBell (@Kelbell628) July 31, 2023
I’m not sorry but, no. GFY!
— Erik Anderson (@ErikB216) July 30, 2023
Said one X user, “1 in 35 experienced myocarditis… but hey, get your shots! You only have a 99.93% chance of surviving covid without them!!!”
1 in 35 experienced myocarditis… but hey, get your shots! You only have a 99.93% chance of surviving covid without them!!! https://t.co/Ve86ylDJaZ
— Lisa Moore (@MeMethodInc) July 30, 2023
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