The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has finalized guidance aimed at clarifying what Americans have achieved.Do’s and don’ts, according to two sources familiar with the draft.
The next guideline, first reported by Politico, expects fully vaccinated individuals to be able to reunite with other people in small groups who have also been vaccinated. The CDC does not currently recommend personal interactions with the general public, saying “it is a safe choice to be made virtually or with the people you live with.”
Even for those who have been fully vaccinated, other measures, including wearing masks in public and social distance, will be recommended.
A source from the CDC who is familiar with the guidance confirms that it will not be released on Thursday when it was expected. There was no word on when it would be released.
The White House’s COVID-19 response was briefed on Monday by President Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fawcett, in a preview of the guide, said that small gatherings are less risky than those who have been “vaccinated twice” – “whether you are so young or not, you have to wear a mask, so that you can have a good social gathering inside the house.”
Both Pfizer and Moderna vaccines require two doses;All it takes is one shot. The vaccine received Emergency Use Authorization from the Food and Drug Administration over the weekend and began dosing this week.
The guide has come as the nation is at a crossroads in the fight against the virus. According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the average daily cases across the country have dropped by more than 50% in the past month, but that progress has been obese. In the past week, CDC data suggests that the average new case has increased by about 2%.
CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walenski said in a briefing on Monday that he was “deeply concerned about possible migration in the path of the epidemic.” States of the country, including New York, Massachusetts and Arkansas, are easing civil-related restrictions on business and raising concerns that the U.S. Will leave his guards down as soon as possible. On Tuesday, Texas joined Montana and Iowa, becoming the third state in recent days to withdraw its statewide mask order.
At the same time, the pace of vaccination continues to grow, and as more Americans are vaccinated, the need for new guidance on what this population can do safely has increased. But Valensky insisted that now was not the time to resume travel or ignore other safety measures.
“The goal in the first 100 days was always to make sure we were in a place to stay out of this epidemic,” he said. “70,000 cases per day, we’re not in that place right now.”