President Biden received a reaction on social media on Thursday over a tweet that some users saw as a thinly veiled ultimatum when it came to receiving a blow from COVID-19.
Biden, who addressed the media in the Rose Garden earlier Thursday, announced that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is updating its guidelines for masks for fully vaccinated Americans. The guidelines allow vaccinated people to go without masks outdoors and in most indoor areas. The president called it a “great day for America.”
Biden’s official Twitter account later posted, “The rule is simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask while you do it. The choice is yours.”
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The tweet was quickly picked up by some influential users. Journalist Glenn Greenwald retreated Biden’s comment and published “This is not really the rule.”
The tweet also raised questions about children who do not approve of receiving vaccines. Dana Hull, a Bloomberg reporter, tweeted: “It’s really hard for parents with children under 12 to make up for this.”
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The Biden administration is focused on getting more Americans to sign up for COVID-19 vaccines, which it says are safe and highly effective. States are joining the effort and devising ways to persuade Americans to sign up for a strike. (Ohio has just announced a $ 1 million lottery for the fully vaccinated.)
One of the long-standing concerns of Americans about “vaccine hesitation” is the idea that drugs have been rushed to respond to urgency, a claim that health officials have denied.
Some Americans point out that although Pfizer and Moderna have been approved for emergency use, these vaccines have not received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. (Pfizer is seeking full approval and Moderna and Johnson & Johnson are also expected to make the request, ABC News reported.)
The FDA issued a statement this week stating that it had found that the Pfizer vaccine “met the statutory criteria for amending” its emergency authorization and that “the known and potential benefits of this vaccine in people 12 years of age and older outweigh the known and potential risks supporting the use of the vaccine in this population. “
The White House did not respond immediately to an email after working hours from Fox News.
U.S. health officials said it was important to vaccinate as many Americans as possible so that the country could move closer to achieving herd immunity. But since the outbreak, critics have argued that inconsistent reports of wearing masks and social distancing are detrimental to the effort. There are concerns among some Americans that goosebumps at the thought that the government is restricting their freedoms if they do not receive the vaccine, and Biden’s tweet is unlikely to help allay those fears.
These health officials insist that their recommendations changed when they learned more about the new virus.
Vaccines are thought to play a major role in limiting hospitalizations, and virus deaths in the United States are the lowest since September, deaths are at their lowest point since last April, and the positivity test is the lowest since the beginning of the pandemic.
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“Anyone who is fully vaccinated can participate in indoor and outdoor activities – large or small – without wearing a mask or physically distancing themselves,” said Rochelle Valensky, director of the CDC, earlier in the White House briefing. . “If you’re fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things you stopped doing because of the pandemic.”