(Washington, DC) — President Biden is applauding the new mask guidance from the CDC, calling it a “great milestone” and a “great day” in spite of his administrations sending repeated mixed signals on the need for masks. The CDC says fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or physically distance in most circumstances, indoors or outdoors. Speaking in the Rose Garden, Biden credited the nationwide vaccination program that he accelerated when he took office. He called it a “historical logistical achievement.” But did not credit Former President Donald Trump for the unquestioned success of Operation Warp Speed in getting the vaccine produced. Biden also spoke about the more than half-a-million Americans who have lost their lives during the COVID pandemic.
The President said it’s not over yet and urged everyone 12-and-above to get vaccinated as soon as possible. He added, “Let’s finish the work.” Biden insisted it’s okay for fully vaccinated people to continue wearing masks, if they choose to. He said those people should be treated with respect and argued there’s been “too much conflict, too much bitterness, too much anger.” The President insisted un-vaccinated people should continue wearing masks until they get the shots.