U.S. CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald resigns

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Dr. Brenda Fitzgerald, the head of the U.S. Centers of Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), resigned Wednesday after it was revealed that she bought shares in a tobacco company while leading anti-smoking efforts.

“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,” the U.S. Department of health and Human Services said in a statement. “Due to the nature of these financial interests, Dr. Fitzgerald could not divest from them in a definitive time period.”

The department added: “After advising [health and Human Services] 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.”

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