CDC And WHO At Odds Over Mask Guidelines For ‘Vaccinated’ Individuals

CDC director Rochelle Walensky: “We are not the world”

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. ©Jim Lo Scalzo / Pool via REUTERS


The US has much better vaccination rates than the world in general, so the World Health Organization’s advice for fully vaccinated people to wear masks doesn’t apply here, the CDC director said. But localities may rule otherwise.

Last week, the World Health Organization (WHO) recommended that even those vaccinated for Covid-19 continue to wear masks and take all of the other precautions to stop community transmission. “People cannot feel safe just because they had the two doses. They still need to protect themselves,” WHO Assistant Director-General Dr. Mariangela Simao said during a media briefing.

This contradicts the recommendations of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which says fully vaccinated people can go without masks unless local rules instruct otherwise. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky addressed the “confusion” on Wednesday, saying her agency was sticking by its guidelines.

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