Walensky cites 'evolving data,' denies 'pressure' for sudden change in mask policy

The 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.

ワレンスキーは言った “フォックスニュースサンデーhost Chris Wallace that the CDC has always followed theevolving dataon 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 said. “But I’m delivering the science … and you know, it evolved over this last week.

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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.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate Health, 教育, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 on Tuesday, 五月 11, 2021, on Capitol Hill, ワシントンで. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky testifies during a Senate Health, 教育, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing to examine an update from Federal officials on efforts to combat COVID-19 on Tuesday, 五月 11, 2021, on Capitol Hill, ワシントンで. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP) (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

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 questioning how businesses can ensure safety if they cannot verify vaccine status.

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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 そして 2 million people a day,” Walensky said. “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,” 彼女は続けた. “お願いします, go get vaccinated or continue to wear your mask.

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