By re-wearing masks in at-risk areas even for vaccinated people and not ruling out the vaccination obligation for federal state employees, the United States clearly toughened the tone on Tuesday
We have seen an increase in vaccination in recent days but we have to do better. I will outline new steps in our efforts to vaccinate more Americans,” Joe Biden said in a statement Thursday.
The Democratic president also noted that mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for federal state employees is “under consideration,” speaking on the sidelines of Tuesday’s trip.
2.1 million people potentially affected
According to the US authorities, 2.1 million people are likely to be affected, if we stick to civil servants.
It would also be a huge step for the White House, which has so far been very reluctant to introduce any idea of the limitation into its approach to coronavirus vaccination.
“What I am sure of is that if an additional 100 million people were vaccinated, the situation would be completely different. Get vaccinated,” Joe Biden was shocked.
The president, who still wanted on July 4, the US national holiday, to believe in the “independence” of the United States in the face of the virus, had to change his tone in the face of the rapid spread of the delta variable.
On Tuesday, health authorities reviewed their recommendations for wearing a muzzle.
“In areas where transmission of (Covid-19) is high, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public places indoors,” said Rochelle Walinsky, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control (CDC).
She added that if vaccination remains effective against the delta variant, the new data “suggests that in rare cases, vaccinated people (…) can be infectious and transmit the virus to others.”
“These new findings are concerning and unfortunately warrant an update to our recommendation.”
According to figures from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of infections is on the rise in most of the southern United States, but less in the Northeast, which is better vaccinated.
masks in schools
To limit the spread of the delta variant, the CDC will also recommend that schools require teachers, students or visitors to wear a mask, whether or not they have been vaccinated.
The CDC was still defending its May recommendation last week that vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors in most circumstances, with some exceptions including public transportation and hospitals.
But the delta variant, which now accounts for about 90% of new Covid-19 cases in the United States, has been a game changer.
Almost half of the US population (49%) is pollinated, but differences are large between regions.
The latest seven-day weighted average daily exceeds 56,000 cases, which is close to April levels.
Having to wear a mask again “doesn’t mean the quality of the vaccine or the level of protection for it has gone down,” said Eric Seo Pena, a public health expert at Northwell Health.
“It’s a solution to a problem that exists because we have a large number of people who are not vaccinated.”
According to a study recently published in the scientific journal Virological, the viral load in the first tests of patients affected by the delta variant was 1,000 times greater than that of patients in the first wave of the virus in 2020.
Not only does the delta variant reproduce within its host faster than previous strains, but infected people spread the virus more into the air, greatly increasing the likelihood of transmission.
Last month, Israel brought back some mask-wearing requirements, just 10 days after lifting them. Some communities in the United States, such as Los Angeles County, have done the same.
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