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Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, resigned from her position on Friday, citing the waning of the COVID-19 pandemic as a good opportunity to begin a transition of power.

Walensky’s resignation comes after the World Health Organization announced on Friday that it was downgrading the coronavirus from a global emergency.

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Joe Biden issued a statement following Walensky’s resignation announcement.

“Dr. Walensky has saved lives with her steadfast and unwavering focus on the health of every American. As Director of the CDC, she led a complex organization on the frontlines of a once-in-a-generation pandemic with honesty and integrity,” Biden said. “She marshaled our finest scientists and public health experts to turn the tide on the urgent crises we’ve faced.”

“Dr. Walensky leaves CDC a stronger institution, better positioned to confront health threats and protect Americans. We have all benefited from her service and dedication to public health, and I wish her the best in her next chapter,” the president continued.

Walensky, 54, served as CDC director for a little over two years. Her last day will be June 30. An interim director has not yet been named, and she sent her resignation to Biden in a letter.

In the letter, she expressed “mixed feelings” about the decision and didn’t say exactly why she was stepping down. However, she said the United States is in a state of transition as the emergency declarations come to an end. Biden said he will not be renewing the public health emergency, which is set to expire on May 11, and he ended the COVID-19 national emergency on April 10.

“I have never been prouder of anything I have done in my professional career,” Walensky wrote in the letter, according to the Associated Press.

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