Biden Admin Actively Considering Mask Mandates for Vaccinated People

Headline Roundup July 26th, 2021

The Biden administration is considering a return to mask mandates for all Americans, including people who are fully vaccinated, amid a nationwide rise in COVID-19 cases that followed months of decline. Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the U.S. is going "in the wrong direction" on COVID-19 and stressed that the pandemic now mainly exists among the "50% of the country that are not fully vaccinated." Data from the New York Times (Lean Left bias) says the current 7-day average of new COVID-19 infections is 51,939; that number was roughly 260,000 at the pandemic's height in early January.

Coverage from right-rated outlets often focused on the possible return to mask mandates, sometimes framing the idea as misguided and at odds with civil liberties. Reports from left-rated sources more often highlighted the unvaccinated, focusing on regions with low vaccinations rates and government efforts to convince people to get the shot. 

From the Right

White House chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is considering recommending masks for vaccinated individuals as the Delta variant continues to surge.

Fauci spoke on CNN’s “State of the Union” about COVID-19 and was asked about one projection that suggests cases will continue rising if more Americans don’t get vaccinated. Fauci confirmed that “it’s not going to be good” and declared the country is “going in the wrong direction.” He also warned that the CDC is discussing mask mandates for people...

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From the Left

Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday that the US is "going in the wrong direction" as the number of Covid-19 cases continues to rise, particularly among unvaccinated Americans.

"If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases and, as you said in the run-in to this interview, that it is among the unvaccinated. And since we have 50% of the country is not fully vaccinated, that's a problem," Fauci told CNN's Jake Tapper on "State of the Union" when asked about a model projecting a worst case scenario...

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From the Center

NIAID director Anthony Fauci told CNN's "State of the Union" Sunday that health officials are considering revising masking guidelines for vaccinated Americans.

Why it matters: Fauci said that the United States is "going in the wrong direction" as cases surge across the country, driven by the more contagious Delta variant.

"If you look at the inflection of the curve of new cases and, as you said in the run-in to this interview, it is among the unvaccinated. And since we have 50% of the country that not fully vaccinated, that's a problem," Fauci said.

The big picture: Fauci confirmed that new...

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