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US health officials are discussing tightening guidelines for vaccinated Americans to wear masks and reversing their loose practices as the country responds to the surge in new coronavirus infections related to the Delta variant.
Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Anthony Fauci, told CNN on Sunday that given the increasing number of cases across the country, it is “actively considering” the proposal to change masks.
After the great success of the introduction of vaccination at the beginning of this year, the Biden administration is now facing new pressure to control the pandemic, especially in areas where vaccination lags behind, infection rates are soaring, and hospitalization rates are starting to rise again.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) once advised unvaccinated Americans to wear masks, but in May it relaxed the guidance for vaccinated Americans, saying they will be able to wear masks in many indoor environments.
Although the White House has insisted on the recommendation to wear a mask in recent days, Fauci said he has been discussing changes to these guidelines, which will be a major shift for the government.At the same time, Biden administration officials also stated that they are investigating whether some Americans who have been vaccinated may need an additional injection-known as Booster ——In order to maintain their protection.
American health experts worry that if the United States does not rapidly increase the amount of vaccination, the United States may set off a new wave of dangerous cases across the country-this concern has been approved by Fauci.
“If you look at the turning point of the case curve, we are in the wrong direction,” Fauci said. “If we don’t vaccinate people, the model will predict that we will be in trouble,” he added.
One of the reasons for changing the masking guidelines is “breakthrough“Even infection among vaccinated persons with no or mild symptoms may exacerbate the spread of the pandemic among vulnerable populations.
Former Director of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Scott Gottlieb told CBS on Sunday that wearing a mask “still helps” vaccinated people and people need to be aware of the high transmission rate of the virus.
“If you have vulnerable people around you, if you are caring for a newborn or elderly patient, and you are vaccinated, if you feel unwell, you should check it instead of thinking you are impervious even if you are vaccinated If you get the vaccine, you won’t get any infection,” Gottlieb said.
U.S. pandemic concerns may crowd out Biden’s other priorities in the second half of his first year in office, including additional economics legislation, Police Reform and Voting Rights Act.
In politics, most of the pressure and criticism fell on Republican Congressman At the national and local levels, they failed to cheer for the vaccination or doubted its effectiveness. However, if Americans feel that the country seems to be regressing in the pandemic and imposes new restrictions on economic activity, then the Democrats and the White House may also be affected.
“In any case, we are not where we were a year ago or six months ago. We have highly effective vaccines. So the effort now is to vaccinate,” US Secretary of Commerce Gina Raymondo told CBS on Sunday.