(Atlanta, GA) -- The outgoing director of the CDC warns America isn't prepared for the next pandemic.
Dr. Rochelle Walensky wrote an op-ed for the New York Times Tuesday ahead of her tenure coming to an end on Friday.
She noted that the U.S. is about 80-thousand public health workers short to be able to meet basic public health needs.
Walensky also pointed to public health systems' reliance on aging technology like old fax machines.
She said she fears what she described as "the despair from the pandemic" is fading from people's memories.
Walensky urged U.S. lawmakers to provide more resources to improve the public health infrastructure.