"This is an important recognition that the level of covid risk for most people has fallen substantially, covid is now a preventable disease, and we should embrace the success we've achieved", said Scott Gottlieb, an FDA commissioner under former president Donald Trump, who has criticized the CDC for moving too slowly to update guidance.
The new rules also took out language that stated that passengers should wear masks while seated on the pool deck area or while congregating outside of recreational water facilities. "If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you have stopped doing since the start of the pandemic".
People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose of the Johnson & Johnson shot. An official announcement has not yet been made, but Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the CDC, is expected to announce the new guidance this afternoon at a White House briefing, according to the AP source.
Biden: "Confident" Putin not behind pipeline attack President Joe Biden said Thursday the Federal Bureau of Investigation does not believe the Russian government was involved in the Colonial Pipeline cyberattack, but it does think those responsible for the ransomware hack live in Russia. In Michigan, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly said she won't lift the state's mandate until two weeks after 70% of the population 16 and older have received at least one dose of the vaccine. But any other time, if you're vaccinated and you're outside, put aside your mask. But they could remove masks in some less crowded workplaces and schools.
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But a growing public health consensus that the vaccines are performing well against the variants commonly found in the US and in curbing transmission suggested that the CDC could go further.
"For somebody who's already been fully vaccinated, they can wear the mask out of solidarity or in a symbolic sense, but their wearing a mask indoors is not benefiting anyone else", explained Vinay Prasad, an epidemiologist and biostatistician at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). She added that the CDC will soon be looking at all of its guidance and providing more specific updates soon.
Walensky said the CDC has to make sure the vaccines are working to stop asymptomatic transmission, which is largely believed to be the case, and watch for the vaccines' efficacy against emerging variants, particularly the variants initially discovered in the U.K., South Africa, Brazil and recently, India.
'I used to have the utmost respect for the guidance from the CDC.