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United States lifts indoor mask mandate for vaccinated people: health official

A floral patterned protective mask hanging from the rear view mirror of a parked car CDC Drops Most Mask Rules for the Fully Vaccinated
Cecil Davis | 14 May, 2021, 00:40

His comments came hours after the CDC announced that people who are fully vaccinated against Covid-19 do not need to wear masks or practice social distancing indoors or outdoors, except under certain circumstances.

The CDC will also no longer recommend that fully vaccinated people wear masks outdoors in crowds.

"Just a few hours ago, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, the CDC, announced that they are no longer recommending that fully vaccinated people need wear masks". Cruise ships were not mentioned.

Walensky said immunocompromised individuals who are vaccinated should consult their doctors before they give up their masks.

"If you are not fully vaccinated you are not fully protected".

They now say that guests should not wear a mask when doing activities that may get the mask wet, like swimming at a beach or in recreational water facilities.

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Canadian health officials have said they'll release guidance once those study results are made public. Ontario said it has 49,280 doses of the shot remaining in the province out of over 707,000 received.

The CDC last updated its guidance for vaccinated people on April 27.

It's estimated that 154 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccines, which represents more than 46% of the population. The rate of new vaccinations has slowed in recent weeks, but with the authorization Wednesday of the Pfizer vaccine for children aged 12-15, a new burst of doses is expected in the coming days. The AP reports that during a virtual meeting between Biden and a bipartisan group of governors Thursday, Utah Gov. Spencer Cox called for more freedom for those who are already vaccinated. "And that's a big motivation get the unvaccinated to want to to get vaccinated".

Biden walked back into the White House following his speech without wearing a mask, and aides who had diligently worn N95s since the start of the administration in an effort to model good public health behavior began shedding them. It is believed that an estimated 117 million are fully vaccinated. He added, "we're going to be moving on that in the next little bit".

The new guidelines mark a turning point in Biden's fight against the virus, offering the country a renewed hope that a return to pre-pandemic normally is achievable as Covid-19 cases decrease across the country and as more and more people get vaccinated.

When asked if Thursday's decision was made to incentivize Americans to get vaccinated, Walensky said the agency was simply following the science.