The head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Sunday defended the decision to make it easier for fully vaccinated people to wear masks, stressing that growing political pressure has nothing to do with drastic changes to the guidelines.
“I deliver science because science is transferred to medical journals. And it developed, “CDC Director Rochelle Valensky told Focus News Sunday. “I will deliver it as soon as possible when that information is available.”
According to new guidelines released last week, fully vaccinated people who have switched to the last dose of COVID-19 two weeks after their last dose can stop wearing masks outdoors in the crowd, indoors, and avoid social isolation.
However, partially vaccinated or unvaccinated people should continue to wear masks, the agency said. The guidelines also require masks to be used in crowded enclosed areas, such as buses, airplanes, hospitals, prisons, and homeless shelters.
The sudden change gave praise to those who wanted to return to pre-epidemic life, especially those who saw the new guidelines as a way to reopen workplaces, schools and other places that had darkened during the epidemic.
However, there are concerns among those who say that there is no easy way for other business people to find out who is fully vaccinated and who is not. Instead, many will have to rely on a system of honor, as many states և communities have already abolished masked mandates amid a spate of viruses,, more Americans are shedding their faces after receiving a shot.
“I’m just imagining in just a few weeks, you’re going to start to find out a lot of really understandable, reasonable questions that people are asking,” said Dr. Anthony Fauch, the face of the US government ‘s epidemic response, according to Face the Nation.
The timing of the change also raised questions. Only a few days ago, Valensky defended the agency’s strict disguise before the Senate committee, where some Republicans described the CDC leadership as “impractical.”
When asked about the rapid reversal of the agency’s stance on wearing the mask, Valensky said the agency was not under pressure but needed time to review the science instead.
“I can tell you that it would certainly be easier if science had progressed a week earlier, I would not have had to go to Congress making those statements. “But I bring science, because science is transferred to medical journals,” he said.
To date, more than 156 million Americans, or more than 47% of the population, have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and more than 121 million have been fully vaccinated.
Valensky warned that even with the new guidelines, it was too early to “declare victory”, but added that he was “cautiously optimistic” about the epidemic.
“We must remain humble. We have had a long way to go before this epidemic came to us. “But I am really cautiously optimistic that we are in a good place now, that things are still falling apart,” he said.
But, he added, although the leadership has changed, “not everyone needs to start tearing their masks.”
“There is no mandate to remove it. “What we are saying is safe now,” he said. “Work at your own pace, work with your family և your own business to remove them if necessary.”