华盛顿邮报 first reported the renewed mask discussions
The Biden White House has been careful not to overstep with the nation’s top health agencies, a break from the previous administration, and one official insisted that any updated guidance would have to come from the CDC itself. According to one source familiar with internal discussions, the health agency is internally reconsidering its stance on mask orders. A third person familiar with the ongoing talks said they aren’t far enough along yet to make a determination on masks but are weighing the best way to proceed.
“此时, we have no intention of changing our masking guidance,” CDC spokesman Jason McDonald told CNN.
Another source in communication with the White House said officials they spoke with showed little appetite for any sort of federal mask mandate, expressing hesitancy of wading into what has now become a political flash point.
On the AAP decision, 博士. 安东尼·福西, Biden’s chief medical adviser and the nation’s top infectious disease expert, said he believed the recommendation was made as “the extra step of caution,” adding that the CDC is looking carefully at the AAP recommendations and “hopefully we’ll have some now concordance of the recommendations.”
同时, the White House continues to hold calls with governors lead by Jeff Zients, the White House coronavirus response coordinator, and a rotation of other administration officials, multiple state sources said. The sessions are informative and data driven, rather than offering advice or guidance, 消息人士说.
State and local health officials that talked to CNN were mixed on whether they wanted additional mandates or recommendations from the federal government. One Republican state official said that their state was unlikely to follow any sort of new masking guidance, regardless of an increase in cases.
The CDC has also been in regular in touch with state officials on potential mask orders and other mitigation steps.
“The CDC has been spending a lot of time trying to work through the issue of masking and figure out what to do next, and whether or not they need to be reconsidering things,” 博士. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, 说过. “They’re really struggling with it.”
Some local health officials are hoping for updated federal guidance as cases continue to spike to help with mitigation.
“What we’re seeing is some resistance from local health departments to step in front of the CDC guidance, but they might have to,” Lori Freeman, the chief executive officer of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, 说过, noting that Los Angeles county had just taken the step of implementing a mask mandate.
“然而, community by community making those decisions when the whole of the country seems to have rising cases can be problematic with what we’ve been through with the politicization of the public orders.”