Biden said he will continue to wear the mask even though he has been vaccinated against COVID-19, calling it “responsible patriotism” and “extra precaution”.
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Before a press question about Mr. Biden’s failure to follow a suggestion from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that he could remove his mask when going outdoors or meeting groups of people who Get another vaccination, a White House aide on Sunday said he was “taking additional precautions.”
“You know, we are taking some additional precautions for him because he is the President of the United States”Anita Dunn, a senior adviser in the Biden administration, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” when asked why Mr. Biden was not following the new guidelines. “
Ms. Dunn asserted that Mr. Biden takes the advice of medical officials very seriously.
“I think the President takes CDC principles very seriously and he also takes his role as a very serious follower of science,” she said.
Last week, the CDC announced that vaccinated Americans could take off their masks when outdoors, unless they attend large gatherings such as concerts.
But Biden said he will continue to wear the mask when outdoors, calling it the spirit of “responsible patriotism” and “extra precaution”.
Still, Dunn says other vaccinated people take advantage of vaccination according to the new guidelines.
“I want to say that everyone should follow the instructions [mới] CDC and they should take advantage of full vaccination and take off their masks, especially when the weather gets very nice ”, she said.
“I think we’ll see more and more people enjoying that freedom, getting vaccinated and realizing it’s a huge step forward for normalization in this country.”she continued.
The fact that Mr. Biden still wears a mask despite being vaccinated has made the right-wing commentators sarcastic.
In his opening monologue on Fox News “Hannity”, host Sean Hannity criticized the Biden administration for sending conflicting messages related to the mask.
“Why is that ‘Do-Follow-Science’ gentleman still wear a mask? What message is he trying to send out here? Does he want the Americans to question the possibilities of vaccines, that they are not as effective as they told us? “ Hannity asked.
“And watch this: Today, after admitting that there is no clear evidence that children transmit COVID-19, Joe said that schools in the US“ should probably reopen next fall. ‘. Why “maybe next fall” and not right now? Schools in Florida opened last August. Obviously Joe didn’t follow science, ” Mr. Hannity continued.
“Masks, closed doors, living in fear have now become a new political identity for the left,” he commented.
Xuan Lan (t / h)