UPDATED 10:44 AM PT – Monday, May 10, 2021
The White House coronavirus coordinator was recently grilled over Joe Biden’s continued use of face masks. The discussion set off during a Sunday interview when CNN’s Jake Tapper asked Jeff Zients why Biden keeps wearing face coverings even though he’s vaccinated.
The question came after the CDC made it clear that said Americans do not have to wear face coverings at indoor gatherings if everyone present has been vaccinated. Critics quickly pointed out that White House coordinator side-stepped the question
“Well, the CDC has given guidance that when you’re with family and friends that are vaccinated in small groups, you don’t need a mask,” Zients stated.
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Zientis went on in a blanket statement to claim Biden is following the science and can’t wait for the next set of CDC guidelines. Tapper fired back, however, demanding an answer to his question.
Zients added, at the moment vaccinated people should settle for their so-called privilege of not having to wear a mask in uncrowded settings outdoors. He argued it’s only been a few weeks since all 50 state made vaccines available to all Americans and urged everyone to get vaccinated.
Yet Tapper pointed out that when Biden refuses to take his mask off in a room full of vaccinated people, it sends a message that coronavirus shots do not work. He added, this could lead to Americans losing hope of ever regaining their pre-pandemic freedom back.
Additionally, Biden made remarks at a weekend press brief briefing make it clear that for the moment he’s less than enthusiastic about the CDC’s latest more relaxed set of guidelines. While Biden claims that continuing to wear a mask indoors is a good policy, critics like Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) warned this strategy does little, if anything, to convince 70 percent of Americans to get vaccinations by July 4.