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CDC Defends Mask Advice as Science-Driven, Not a Ploy for Shots

May 19, 2021, 7:07 PM

The CDC’s decision to relax its masking restrictions for vaccinated Americans could spur more people to get the shot, but that wasn’t the main driver behind the change, the agency’s head said Wednesday.

“It would be really amazing if our new guidance got more people vaccinated,” Rochelle P. Walenksy, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, told a Senate spending panel. “But I don’t make CDC guidance—my whole agency does not make CDC guidance—based on what it will help people do.”

The agency said last week it’s safe for fully vaccinated Americans to ditch their masks, whether they ...

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