by Donna Martinez
Former Senior Writer and Editor, John Locke Foundation
Sen. Thom Tillis isn’t mincing words about the CDC’s new guidance, which recommends that vaccinated Americans wear a mask indoors. Here’s Tillis’ statement from Tuesday (emphasis is mine):
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) issued the following statement on the updated mask guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Americans who have already been vaccinated:
“Since last year, I’ve been telling North Carolinians that vaccines are the most effective tool we have to return to life as normal and the scientific data has shown that to be true, with 94% of North Carolina cases and 97% of all U.S. hospitalizations occurring among the unvaccinated population.
“I am deeply concerned that the Biden administration’s contradictory decision will cause even more vaccine hesitancy, giving many Americans the false impression that the vaccines are not as effective as they were originally told. The data shows that fully vaccinated Americans are at a very low risk of a breakthrough infection and are at an incredibly low risk of serious complications. The promise of the vaccine was to protect Americans from the worst outcomes and allow them to return to life as normal. Now many local and state governments across the nation are bound to reimplement restrictions and mask mandates, even for Americans who are fully vaccinated.
“The Biden administration apparently doesn’t trust the science, and they clearly don’t trust the American people to take personal responsibility for their own choices.”
Today, on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” former FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb reacted as well, saying he thinks we’re further into the Delta variant wave than some think and that we’ll likely be through it in two to three weeks. WATCH:
“If you are vaccinated in a high prevalence area, in contact with virus, you think you might have the virus because you have mild symptoms–be prudent, get tested, maybe wear a mask especially if you are around a vulnerable person,” says @ScottGottliebMD. pic.twitter.com/LFlMffkfe9
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) July 28, 2021