Die CDC issued new guidance last week that enables those who are fully vaccinated to forgo wearing masks both indoors and outdoors. The new guidance was announced just one day after Walensky spoke in Congress and defended the stance that masks were necessary.
Walensky told “Fox News Sondag” host Chris Wallace that the CDC has always followed the “evolving data” on the pandemic.
“It certainly would have been easier if this science had evolved a week earlier and I didn’t have to go to Congress making this statements,” Walensky gesê. “But I’m delivering the science … and you know, it evolved over this last week.”
Walensky pointed to two studies that published last Thursday – the same day the CDC changed its guidance: Both papers were published in the New England Journal of Medicine.
The announcement was met with immediate action as at least 17 states now have lapsed or dropped their mask policies, with more to come in the next few weeks. Most of those states have left the power in the hands of local leaders and businesses, though some are ondervraging how businesses can ensure safety if they cannot verify vaccine status.
Walensky maintained that such fears are unfounded, citing the rate of vaccinations nationwide as reassurance that the country and its people will remain safe.
“We are still vaccinating somewhere between 1.5 en 2 million people a day,” Walensky gesê. “So every day more and more people are getting vaccinated, the honor system is to be honest with yourself, if you are vaccinated, we are saying you are safe, you can take off your mask and you are not at risk of severe disease or hospitalization from COVID-19.”
“If you are not vaccinated, you are not safe,” vervolg sy. “Asseblief, go get vaccinated or continue to wear your mask.”