The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new COVID-19 recommendations this week, including for all Americans to wear masks indoors regardless of vaccination status.
Subsequent reports have noted, however, that the CDC’s guidance is based on studies of a vaccine that is not authorized in the United States.
“Regardless of vaccination status”
“Studies from India with vaccines not authorized for use in the United States have noted relatively high viral loads and larger cluster sizes associated with infections with Delta, regardless of vaccination status,” the agency explained.
The CDC brief went on to declare: “These early data suggest that breakthrough Delta infections are transmissible.”
CDC Director Rochelle Walensky reiterated that assessment in a statement on Tuesday.
“We’re seeing now that it’s actually possible if you’re a rare breakthrough infection that you can transmit further, which is the reason for the change,” she said, according to NBC News.
“We need clarity on this”
In light of its updated guidance advising vaccinated Americans to wear masks indoors under many circumstances, the CDC has attracted some criticism over the methods used to arrive at the new recommendation. The agency has also recommended that children and teachers wear masks in schools regardless of vaccination status.
We need clarity on this.
Below citation would suggest that the CDC’s assertion yesterday that they have data showing vaccinated individuals can transmit delta variant due to similar viral load as unvaccinated is partially based off of…a model…using non-US approved vaccines https://t.co/pn6g1P5Sso
— Alicia Smith (@Alicia_Smith19) July 28, 2021
A number of critics, including U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), have asserted that the CDC is basing its changes on politics, not science.
This is outstanding https://t.co/cMlZ4Xb218
— Steve Deace (@SteveDeaceShow) July 28, 2021
“Enough is enough”
The Democratic-controlled House of Representatives, however, moved to implement a new mask mandate on Tuesday, including fines for members of Congress who refuse to comply. A growing number of Republicans have begun to resist, including U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), whose efforts received a statement of support from Donald Trump Jr.
“It’s time for Republicans to finally stand up to these leftwing psychopaths and say enough is enough,” the former president’s son tweeted after Boebert denounced Pelosi’s mask mandate as “anti-science” and “totalitarian.”