American Coronavirus: It May Be Time To Relax Indoor Mask Mandates, Says Fauci
On ABC News Sunday, Fauci was asked if it was time to start easing the requirements for indoor masks. Fauci replied, “I think so, and I think you’re probably going to see that as we go along and more and more people get vaccinated.”
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will update their guidelines almost in real time, as more Americans get vaccinated, said Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Disease. infectious.
“We need to start being more liberal as we get more people vaccinated,” he added.
On CBS ‘”Face the Nation” Sunday, Dr Scott Gottlieb, former commissioner of the US Food and Drug Administration, said mask requirements should be relaxed now that the risk of Covid-19 is declining.
“Certainly on the outside, we shouldn’t put limits on gatherings anymore,” Gottlieb said. “The states where the prevalence is low, the vaccination rates are high, and we have good tests in place, we identify infections, I think we could start lifting those restrictions indoors too, on a large basis. . “
Lifting pandemic restrictions when they are no longer needed will make it easier for public health officials to reapply them if cases increase again, such as a possible winter outbreak, Gottlieb said.
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The United States will likely be back to normal by next Mother’s Day, if enough people get their Covid-19 vaccine, Fauci told ABC News.
“I hope next Mother’s Day we will see a dramatic difference from what we are seeing now,” he said. “I believe we’ll be about as close to normal as possible.”
There are certain conditions, he noted.
“We have to make sure that the very large part of the population is vaccinated. When that happens, the virus doesn’t really have a place to go,” he said. “You’re not going to see an increase. You’re not going to see the kind of numbers we’re seeing now.”
White House Covid-19 response coordinator Jeff Zients told Jake Tapper on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday that the country was “turning the corner” on the pandemic – but stressed the importance of immunizing all Americans.
He noted that President Joe Biden had set a goal of having 70% of adults vaccinated by July 4.
“We are at 58% today. So we have a way ahead of us,” he said.
Zients said that despite some mask fatigue, Americans should continue to follow the science when it comes to wearing masks indoors and wait for new guidelines from the CDC before changing their habits.
“We all want to get back to a normal way of life. I think we are on the right track to do so, but let’s stay disciplined, and take advantage of the new privileges of getting vaccinated and not wearing masks outside for example, unless you’re in a crowded place. He said.
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“What’s the difference between emergency use clearance from the FDA and full approval? It’s really time and money,” disease specialist Dr Celine Gounder told CNN on Saturday. infectious diseases and epidemiologist.
“But for some people, seeing full FDA approval will indeed give them more confidence that these vaccines are safe and effective – and appear, they are safe and effective,” she added.
The FDA will “act as quickly as possible,” without compromising its safety standards, to assess Pfizer’s Covid-19 vaccine for approval, Zients said on Friday.
More than 112 million Americans – nearly 34% of the population – are fully immunized, according to CDC data.
US official: confidence in vaccines is only part of the puzzle
But confidence in vaccines is only a “piece of the puzzle” when it comes to the challenges the United States faces in its vaccination efforts, US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said on Friday in a statement. White House briefing on Covid-19.
“Obstacles to immunization fall into three broad categories,” he said. “Confidence, motivation and access to vaccines.”
And local, state and federal efforts are underway, he said, that aim to address all three elements.
“I know it has been a difficult year and everyone in our country has been called upon to come together and sacrifice massively,” said Murthy. “I want to be clear that this pandemic will end. The sooner we get vaccinated, the sooner that day will come.”
J&J pause ‘casts a shadow’ on vaccinations
But the recommendation to take a break had its own effects.
“(The) Johnson & Johnson break cast a shadow over the momentum we had gained,” said Dr Jayne Morgan, clinical director of the Piedmont Healthcare Covid task force.
Two weeks after lifting the break recommended by J&J, this vaccine represents only a very small portion of doses administered in the United States – and the current rate of administration is significantly lower than the rate before the break, according to data from the CDC.
Over seven days, the J&J vaccine accounted for roughly 3.5% of the total doses administered, according to data released by the CDC on Friday.
CNN’s Virginia Langmaid, Deidre McPhillips, Ralph Ellis, Jessica Firger and Naomi Thomas contributed to this report.