Critics Denounce New CDC Guidelines Urging Mask Usage, Vaccine Or Not

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Published July 28, 2021

The Center Square [By Casey Harper] –

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention changed course Tuesday, reversing its previous COVID-19 guidance by urging Americans to wear masks, regardless of their vaccination status. Critics quickly denounced the reversal, saying it undermines vaccine confidence.

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The CDC said all students and teachers should wear masks, even if they are vaccinated, and that all Americans, including those with the vaccine, should wear masks in public places where the virus has a significant presence. The agency cited the delta variant of COVID, which is more transmissible.

The CDC had previously announced in May that vaccinated individuals did not have to wear masks. The White House fended off questions from reporters at the White House press briefing on the reasoning behind that reversal.

“When [Biden] made those comments back in May, we were dealing with a very different strain of the virus than we are today,” Psaki told reporters. “And delta is more transmissible. It is spreading much more quickly.”

The decision throws more fuel on the fire as Americans debate the efficacy and safety of the vaccine and many have already expressed their disapproval of the new mandates. The CDC’s announcement took fire from Republicans, who argue it will further weaken Americans’ confidence in the vaccine.

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“The CDC’s updated guidance deeply undermines vaccine confidence. Mask mandates for more command and control will not build trust – only resentment,” House Energy and Commerce Republican Leader Cathy McMorris Rodgers said. “The Biden Administration should be leading with science, not shame and fear.”

The Biden administration also has grappled with whether to require vaccinations.

The Department of Veterans Affairs Secretary Denis McDonough announced Monday that health care personnel working for the agency must get the COVID vaccine. The rule includes “physicians, dentists, podiatrists, optometrists, registered nurses, physician assistants, expanded-function dental auxiliaries and chiropractors,” all of whom have eight weeks to get the vaccination.

“We’re mandating vaccines for Title 38 employees because it’s the best way to keep Veterans safe, especially as the Delta variant spreads across the country,” McDonough said. “Whenever a Veteran or VA employee sets foot in a VA facility, they deserve to know that we have done everything in our power to protect them from COVID-19. With this mandate, we can once again make – and keep – that fundamental promise.”

Even before news broke about the CDC’s reversal, some state and local governments already had begun putting in place their own requirements.

California’s Democratic Gov. Gavin Newsom announced Monday that all health care workers and state employees must show proof of vaccination or undergo weekly COVID tests.

Los Angeles County took similar measures, requiring residents to wear masks while indoors “regardless of vaccination status.”

“We share our deepest condolences with those of you who have lost friends, loved ones, and family during this difficult time,” Los Angeles County Health Officer Muntu Davis said in the announcement. “We expect to keep masking requirements in place until we begin to see improvements in our community transmission of COVID-19. But waiting for us to be at high community transmission level before making a change would be too late.”

New Orleans, St. Louis and Chicago have put mask mandates in place as well, among others.

The mandates have become a major point of controversy. St. Louis’ indoor mask mandate has been challenged with a lawsuit by the state’s attorney general.

“This continued government overreach is unacceptable and unconstitutional, especially in the face of a widely available vaccine. There is absolutely no scientific reason to continue to force children to wear a mask in school,” the state’s Republican Attorney General, Eric Schmitt, said. Schmitt also is running for Senate. “Back in May, I filed suit against St. Louis County for continuing to impose such unlawful restrictions, and just three days later, those restrictions were lifted. I will continue to fight this seemingly unending control and intrusion on peoples’ lives – we will not back down.”

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About the Author:

Casey Harper, The Center Square D.C. Bureau Reporter – charper@centersquare.com

Casey Harper is a Senior Reporter for the Washington, D.C. Bureau. He previously worked for The Daily Caller, The Hill, and Sinclair Broadcast Group. A graduate of Hillsdale College, Casey’s work has also appeared in Fox News, Fox Business, and USA Today.

3 thoughts on “Critics Denounce New CDC Guidelines Urging Mask Usage, Vaccine Or Not

  • July 28, 2021 at 4:11 pm
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    Masks don’t work PERIOD. CDC is so out of reality as to make them irrelevant. If there is a ‘new’ variant then how does the old jab apply to a mutation? If the jab doesn’t provide immunity then how can it qualify as a vaccine? If vaccinated people can CONTRACT the virus what good is the “vaccine” in relation to the many deaths and injuries? The people pushing this obscenity are not concerned about public health .

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  • July 28, 2021 at 6:08 pm
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    Yesterday in Texas AmericasFrontlineDoctors.org held the White Coat Summit. 12 MDs spoke concerning 1) proven masks dont keep virus out of your respiratory system 2) 45000 deaths after covid shot and who knows how many other reactions ranging from blood clots to heart inflamation and permanent disability. 3) Children shud not be given this experimental gene therapy as more evidence that kids have died from the shot compared to kids dying from covid 4) It is against the international law to try experimental drugs on humans especially without informed consent. And since the FDA has not tested this shot as required to even know long term effects of this gene therapy it cannot be legal to require people to get it 5) they have the actual data scientific data that indicates there are effective precautions and treatment for covid.6) The spike protein causes damage on it’s own. And for people who’ve had covid naturally and hence have antibodies there is great risk of harm from the covid shot.7) watch the hours and hours of frontline docs and read the evidence for yourself as opposed to watching Fauci or mainstream media

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  • July 29, 2021 at 2:34 am
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    Governor Lee has removed ALL authority to mandate mask wearing in the state of Tennessee! Some folks need to remember that; i.e; Cumberland Medical Center!!!

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