Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said Friday that she did not expect the American people to welcome the agency’s new mask guidance.
She urged people to get vaccinated and mask up for now to avoid the need for continued masking.
“This was not news that I expected the American people to welcome,” Walensky said in an appearance on Fox News. “This weighed heavily on me to have to do this.”
The CDC recommended Tuesday that fully vaccinated people wear masks indoors in areas with "substantial" or "high" transmission of Covid-19 – more than half of all US counties. The agency cited the rapid spread of the Covid-19 Delta variant, which in some cases has been transmitted by fully vaccinated people.
“I have no interest in continuing mask guidance, and the best way to stop a new variant from spreading is to have less virus out there, and the best way to do that is to get people vaccinated and to mask up until they are,” she said.