Surgeon Murthy defends CDC’s mask policy after criticism by Trump executive predecessor

Secretary of Health Vivic Murty He delivered a speech on Sunday in support of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s mask policy. Before that, Morty’s Trump administration predecessor, Jerome Adams, criticized them on Saturday night.

Murti made a comment during an appearance CNNof Union State Among them he also Discussed the collusion of social media companies In terms of spreading vaccine misinformation.

“I think CDCIn fact, the guidance on masks aims to provide flexibility for individuals and localities, and recognize that in the next phase of the pandemic, as we respond more locally and regionally based on the vaccination rate of people in the community, how to deal with Guidelines for mitigation measures such as masks will also be tailored locally,” Murthy explained.

On July 15, American surgeon Vivek Murthy talked to reporters at the White House.
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Murthy continued to speak in support of certain counties choosing to restore the mask policy in response to the rising number of COVID-19 cases, citing Take Los Angeles County as an example.

His comments were made in response to the criticism of Dr. Leana Wen, former health commissioner of Balitmore, made by host Dana Bash, who stated that the surge in COVID-19 cases can be attributed to the “sudden” reversal of the CDC’s policy on masks. Murthy disagreed, saying that the increase in cases was mainly due to the more contagious Delta variant.

Bash also mentioned Adams’ recent criticism of the CDC’s policy of allowing vaccinated people not to wear masks under all circumstances.Adams was appointed by the former president and served as a surgeon Donald TrumpBefore Resign on request president Joe Biden In January.

in a Twitter Adams said he believes that the CDC should restore mask guidelines in areas where COVID-19 cases have increased due to the Delta variant.

“Now you have health officials, cities and counties (e.g. Los Angeles County), and soon states will issue guidelines that directly conflict with mask guidelines [the CDC] It was posted a month ago,” Adams said in a tweet. “The sooner the CDC says we were wrong and presses the reset button, the better. Trust me-I know more than anyone. “

Weekly newspaper The surgeon’s office was requested to comment further, but it has not yet responded.

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