The American authorities have backpedaled their decision to exempt the vaccinated from wearing masks indoors. Vaccinated Americans will have to resume with their habits in areas reported to be at high risk for the spread of the Delta variant.
While in May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which together form the United States’ leading federal agency for public health protection, upheld the recommendation to no longer wear masks. in closed places, it only took a few weeks to reverse the situation.
To date, the United States has more than 90% of new infections due to the Delta variant, and according to clinical cases, more and more are among people already vaccinated with one of the vaccines showing the levels. highest efficiency in the world.
Thus, Americans will have to resume with the wearing of the mask indoors according to the new recommendation of the CDC. “In areas with high transmission, the CDC recommends that fully vaccinated people wear masks in public indoor places,” said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control.
According to her, the new decision issued by the CDC is explained by the rapid spread of the Delta variant in the United States which is causing a strong resurgence in the number of cases in the country in recent weeks despite a large vaccination of the population.
The directive was taken after a Sunday evening meeting of the country’s top health officials. Officials have found that despite the high efficacy of vaccines in reducing the curve of hospitalizations and deaths, more and more new infections are recorded among those vaccinated.
The United States has also maintained the closure of its borders to international travelers to avoid the importation of new infections or new variants. On Monday, the White House announced that US borders remain closed for now to international travelers whether or not they are vaccinated.
“We maintain the existing travel restrictions at this stage,” White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki said, justifying this decision in particular by the rapid spread of the Delta variant “here and abroad”.