President Joe Biden promised Americans that this summer would be the “summer of freedom” after a year and a half of operating under strict lockdown measures, but that promise went up in smoke Tuesday and former President Trump had a word of advice for Americans.
“We won’t go back. We won’t mask our children. Joe Biden and his administration learned nothing from last year. Brave Americans learned how to safely and responsibly live and fight back,” the former President declared in a statement while urging Americans to ignore the new Centers for Disease Control guidance advising vaccinated people to mask up.
“Don’t surrender to Covid. Don’t go back! Why do Democrats distrust the science? Don’t let this happen to our children or our Country,” Trump pleaded.
The CDC’s new guidance recommends that fully vaccinated individuals “wear a mask in public indoor settings in areas of substantial or high transmission“.
Statement by President Trump on the new CDC mask ‘guidance’ pic.twitter.com/TJnPOK94dJ
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“I promised to follow the science. That strategy has worked: in my first six months in office, we’ve given out over 300 million shots—and have 60% of adults fully vaccinated and nearly 70% started on vaccinations. Cases are down, and deaths are down dramatically. One estimate suggests that our rapid deployment of the vaccine has saved 100,000 American lives—perhaps more,” Biden touted in his own statement on the new CDC guidance.
“New research and concerns about the Delta variant leads CDC to recommend a return to masking in parts of the country—is another step on our journey to defeating this virus,” Biden told Americans, “I hope all Americans who live in the areas covered by the CDC guidance will follow it; I certainly will when I travel to these areas.”
Biden noted that the CDC reaffirmed that schools will be able to re-open full time this fall, but students and teachers will be required to wear a mask.
The president reiterated “that the most important protection we have against the Delta variant is to get vaccinated.”
“Unlike 2020, we have both the scientific knowledge and the tools to prevent the spread of this disease. We are not going back to that,” Biden concluded, though the new guidance seems contrary to his statement.
Americans who are not yet vaccinated, however, now have no incentive to do so if “following the science” means nothing changes for them.
“We’re not saying that wearing a mask is convenient, or people feel like it, but we are telling you that that is the way to protect yourself, protect your loved ones and that’s why the CDC is issuing this guidance,” press secretary Jen Psaki said just hours before the new guidance was released.
Psaki defended against criticisms of the experts at the CDC saying their guidance to the American public evolves in conjunction with the historic pandemic.
Following the changes in guidelines, the vice president’s office told reporters to mask up before arriving to cover her meetings yesterday and signs went up in the press briefing room to notify reporters of the new requirement, the Daily Mail reported.
The news comes as Biden mulls whether to require all federal workers to receive the vaccine, a move states like New York and California have already employed.
In his statement yesterday, Biden announced that he would be releasing “next steps” on Thursday in the administration’s efforts to get every American vaccinated.
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