Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Rochelle Wallinski defended the agency’s Covid-19 mask directive policies amid widespread criticism from lawmakers and health officials.
“These questions are complex, science evolves, science evolves, and we follow science every day and our advice evolves as science develops,” Wallinski said in an interview on Wednesday on CNBC. “The news with Shepherd Haddad.”
Walinsky highlighted the decrease in Covid cases in the country and the increase in vaccination rates. The positivity rate in the United States fell to 3.1%, the lowest in the epidemic Johns Hopkins University. Nearly 59% of adults have received at least one vaccine, according to Center for Disease Control.
CDC chief host Sheppard Smith also told the guidelines would soon change, after the agency agreed to give Pfizer and BioNTech’s Covid-19 vaccine to teens 12 to 15 years old.
Today we have vaccines now available for children between the ages of 12 and 15, [the agency’s guidelines are] It has to evolve again, and I’m really excited to update it very soon, ”said Walinsky.
Smith Wallinski also asked why, if everyone in his office was vaccinated, they would still have to wear masks indoors. She explained that the CDC wants to make sure that vaccines work against all variants circulating in the United States, and that you are “not an asymptomatic carrier if you are vaccinated” before removing the masks indoors completely.