WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – The administration of President Joe Biden has been working for months to get people to reconsider their personal risk calculations as they practice coexistence with COVID-19.
But on Monday, when the federal judge dropped federal requirements for masks when using mass transit, that measure suddenly disappeared. As the administration tried to bypass the virus until the mid-term elections, the decision added to the urgency of the message.
After the government eased guidelines for most Americans wearing homemade masks last month – even in schools – one of the final doubts about the national COVID-19 ban is. Now that the policy is in place, the administration is stepping up its efforts to provide the best possible advice to millions of people who make their own safety decisions in a dangerous pandemic.
It is an important change for both public health and for Biden’s political future.
Dr. Amash Adalja, an infectious disease specialist, said: “There is a chance, instead of saying that this is a sad decision, you can say that this is a good time to talk about how to deal with the risk in this pandemic.” And senior researcher at the Johns Hopkins Health Center.
“With CV-19, we think we can begin to manage this by controlling other infections,” he said.
Asked if Americans should hide their planes, Biden himself made the switch Tuesday.
“It’s their business,” Biden said during a visit to Portsmouth New Hampshire. However, his White House, citing instructions from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), is looking for masks for air travel with the Air Force.
The transition to less formal regulation has already been announced in a 100-page plan released by the White House Coronavirus Response Team in February. At the time, administration officials hoped that children under the age of five would now be eligible for immunizations – a move that would alleviate the fears of millions of parents and provide a protective umbrella for anyone in need in the United States.
Monday’s court order came at a crossroads in response to the country’s epidemic, which has been a shame for almost a year since all American adults were vaccinated against COVID-19. The decision sent shockwaves through government agencies and the White House, but airlines and airports dropped their mask requirements, which did not stop there for a moment among the passengers – in some cases moderate flights.
The administration urges Americans to adhere to CDC recommendations to wear a headscarf, even if it does not have the authority to do so. An hour before Bideen’s press secretary, Jane Pasaki, commented, “It’s up to them.”
“CDC continues to advise and advise on masks on aircraft. We are following the advice of the CDC, he is the president, and we encourage all Americans to do the same.
On Tuesday, Justice Department spokesman Anthony Cole said the federal mask order was “a valid exercise by Congress for the CDC to protect public health.” “The department is an important authority that will continue to work to protect it,” he said.
However, the department said it would appeal the decision only if the CDC still deems it necessary for public health. The agency said no decision had been made by Tuesday evening, officials said.
Pesaki said Tuesday that despite the administration’s decision, it was not possible for Congress to reach an agreement on additional funding for CVD to purchase additional vaccines and antiviral drugs.
“These are our biggest worries,” she says.
Face-to-face coverage requirements to reduce the risk of infection have been on the rise in the US over the past year, especially in cases and serious consequences.
The order for public transportation and air travel has served as a daily reminder to many people that although vaccines and antiviral drugs have greatly reduced their risk, the epidemic they are trying to survive is still hurting their lives. For others who are still afraid of the virus, each outbreak has sparked new outrage – and in some cases Biden’s management criticism.
“There are still a lot of people in this country who want to have a mask – or they have relatives who have a strong immune system, and they have children under the age of five,” he said.
Monday’s court ruling hastened the outcome in weeks. Many administration officials believed that last week’s 15-day mask ban would be extended until May 3. The Public Health Agency has asked for more time to monitor whether a recent outbreak of infection could result in hospitalization or death. Not yet.
The court order surprised the administration and made it difficult to understand the impact – at the end of the measure and in the future against the CDC authorities.
The new White House COVID-19 coordinator, Dr. Ashish Jaha, tweeted on Tuesday that “CDC scientists have asked for 15 days to make a more informed decision.” We should have given them.
The turmoil and recent positive developments in the Biden Orbit – including the second decent Doug Emhoff and Council Speaker Nancy Pelosi – were a strong signal that the virus would not go away.
Beden, 79, was never identified as a “close contact” by the CDC, and White House officials said he was protected from the virus by growing vaccinated and twice.
Controlling the virus that killed 986,000 Americans is a top priority for Biden. The United States now has an average of about 35,000 confirmed cases a day, down from more than 806,000 in October, but down from 26,000 a month ago. Those numbers are certainly low, as many people do not report home-based tests to public health officials.
Associated Press correspondents in Portsmouth, New Hampshire and Washington Michael Balsamo contributed to this report.