La White House said on Thursday that unvaccinated individuals " should be more fearful "of the threat of the delta variant of COVID-19 , while relying on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for any updates. updated mask guidelines.
As the Biden administration lobbies Americans vaccinated against COVID-19, White House press secretary Jen Psaki sent a another warning to unvaccinated people.
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Psaki cited a CBS News poll that showed vaccinated Americans are more afraid of the delta variant than unvaccinated people.
"This clearly concerns us because unvaccinated people should be more afraid," Psaki said.
Meanwhile, Psaki was asked if the administration Biden was considering pushing for a new mask mandate, after a Washington Post report said White House advisers were in talks with CDC officials over the messages being offered to the public.
The report says the White House was reluctant to implement policies that would require people to show proof of their immunization status, but said aides were in talks to discuss the 'opportunity to ask Americans to wear masks when vaccinated and unvaccinated people gather in placess overcrowded.
Jen Psaki, press officer of the Maison Blanche speaks during the briefing daily at the White House in Washington, Tuesday, July 20, 2021. (AP Photo / Susan Walsh) (AP Photo / Susan Walsh)
But Psaki said "there had been no decision to change our mask guidelines.
"Whether public health decisions would be made by the CDC, "Psaki said. "But, of course, we engaged with public health experts and the CDC on how to continue attacking the virus, and we never said the battle was over. It's still going on. " "
Psaki added that " it would be of more concern, or should be of greater concern, to all of you and the American people if we didn't have these conversations. "
"We are guided by science and are guided by our public health experts," Psaki said. "And any decision would come from the CDC.
CDC director Rochelle Walensky at the Thursday's COVID briefing, aargued that unvaccinated people "should wear a mask to protect themselves and others.
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"We need more people to get vaccinated to stop this pandemic, " she said, adding that the CDC recognizes The recommendations "have not changed ", but warned that if individuals are in an area with a high case rate and a low vaccination rate, " you should definitely wear a mask. "
" If you are not vaccinated, if you are vaccinated you get exceptional vaccine protection, but you have the option of making your personal choice to add additional layers of protection if you wish ", Walenksy said.
Walensky also warned that the variante delta "is spreading with incredible efficiency and now accounts for over 83% of the virus circulating in the United States.
Walensky also urged Americans who are reluctant to get the vaccine to speak with their health care providers, friends and family to ask questions before making the "critical decision ". Walensky also urged unvaccinated people to "keep doing the things we know work to protect you and your family until you are fully immunized.
Walensky added that unvaccinated people should take the delta variant "very seriously.
"If you are not vaccinated, please take the delta very seriously. virus has no incentive to stop and it remains to search for the next vulnable to infect ", Walensky said. ->