“We’re not going back!” Trump lashes out at CDC for reimplementing mask orders for vaccinated people
Donald Trump sent out an angry statement on Tuesday demanding Americans “don’t go back” to wearing masks after new guidelines said even vaccinated individuals should go back to wearing face coverings in COVID hotspots.
“We’re not going back,” the former president insisted. “We will not mask our children.”
He added that “Joe Biden and his administration have learned nothing from the past year. Brave Americans learned how to live and fight back safely and responsibly.’
“Don’t surrender to COVID,” Trump added. “Don’t go back!”
Why do Democrats mistrust science? Don’t let this happen to our children or our country.’
The new recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Tuesday comes as the number of cases has risen nationwide, including breakthrough cases in vaccinated people, as the highly contagious Delta strain leaves its mark on the US
It is a reversal of the CDC decision of May 13, which stated that fully vaccinated people could be safely exposed indoors in most situations.
Donald Trump urged people not to follow update CDC recommendation calling on vaccinated people to mask indoors in areas with high infection rate
“Don’t surrender to COVID. Don’t go back!’ Trump released in a Tuesday statement. ‘Don’t let this happen to our children or our country’
President Joe Biden said mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for federal employees were “under consideration” during a visit to the office of the director of national intelligence in McLean, VA
The Delta variant is blamed for the rising number of COVID-19 infections in the US, leading to a series of new measures to stop its spread
While children aged 12 and under are not yet allowed to receive the vaccine, meaning they should be wearing a mask in schools by the fall, the new guideline also states that all school-age children from kindergarten through 12 class to wear a mask.
Teachers and staff will also have to wear face masks.
It’s unclear whether that guidance is for all schools or just in high transmission and case-rate areas.
Biden also said Tuesday he was weighing whether all federal workers should be vaccinated against COVID-19 as the country faces rising infection rates and hospitalizations caused by the rampant Delta variant.
The president spoke just after the new CDC guidelines on masks were released.
The moves illustrate how far the country is from the “summer of freedom” Biden promised last month.
Biden was asked about mandatory vaccinations for federal employees during a visit to the office of the director of national intelligence.
“That’s under consideration now,” he said, “but if you haven’t been vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were.”
He added that masking and vaccination were the best way to avoid a repeat of the lockdowns the country went through last year.
He denied that changing the official advice caused any confusion, saying instead that it was the unvaccinated who were responsible for the rising infection levels.
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“The more we learn about this virus and its Delta variant, the more we should be concerned and concerned,” he said.
“And the only thing we know for sure is that if those other 100 million people were vaccinated, we’d be in a very different world.”
Meanwhile, the White House released a statement in which Biden said he would outline the “next steps” to get more Americans vaccinated on Thursday.
“By following the science and doing our part by getting us vaccinated, America can beat COVID,” he said.
“In the meantime, more vaccinations and masking in the areas most affected by the Delta variant will allow us to avoid the kind of lockdowns, shutdowns, school closures and disruptions we faced in 2020.”
But officials know vaccine mandates come with a risk.
A day earlier, Jen Psaki, White House press secretary, said: “The president certainly recognizes that he is not always the right voice for every community on the benefits of vaccination, which is why we have invested as much as we have in local voices and local, trusted amplify voices.’
On Tuesday, as the CDC prepared to release its guidelines, Psaki said vaccinated people should wear masks indoors to protect their loved ones.
“We’re not saying wearing a mask is convenient, or that people feel like it, but we’re telling you that this is the way to protect yourself, protect your loved ones, and that’s why the CDC provides these guidelines.” she said.
The White House is preparing to return to wearing masks if required by new federal guidelines and rising rates of COVID-19, she added.
That was the case within a few hours.
The new guideline sets a threshold for masking at 50 cases per 100,000 people, based on a seven-day moving average. In Washington, the number was above 63 on Tuesday afternoon.
As a result, Vice President Kamala Harris’s office told reporters to disguise themselves when they arrived to cover her meeting with Native American leaders to discuss voting rights, and signs went up in the James Brady Briefing Room to inform people. inform them that they should wear face coverings, even if fully vaccinated.
Critics have accused infectious disease experts of flip-flops on their guidance.
But Psaki said the Delta variant had turned scientific thinking on its head since masking requirements were relaxed.
“That’s their job,” she said.
“It is their job to look at evolving information, evolving data, an evolving historical pandemic and provide guidance to the American public.”
While cases are rising, officials say vaccination protects against developing severe cases of COVID-19 and saves lives
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said guidelines were changing as positions on the ground changed and scientists understood more about the virus and the pandemic
At the White House, that would mean officials are preparing to follow the new CDC guidelines and monitor conditions that may require masking.
“First, of course, we will abide by every aspect of the CDC guidelines on masking they provide this afternoon,” she said.
“And that means, as you said, we’ll look at the rates in different areas that the president can move in and also the rates if they move in Washington, DC, and we’ll apply guidelines accordingly.”
During the daily briefing, Psaki faced repeated questions about whether President Biden was too quick to declare a “summer of freedom” last month as the country faces setbacks in the fight against COVID-19.
She insisted it was responsible to update the guidelines if circumstances changed.
“We are at war, we remain at war with a virus and an evolving pandemic,” she said.
“Our responsibility here is to always start with the science and always lead with the advice of health and medical experts, and we will continue to provide information to all of you on how to protect yourself and save your life. ‘
Most new infections in the US are still among unvaccinated people. But “breakthrough” infections, which generally cause milder illness, can occur in vaccinated people.