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America's mask mandate is gone -- for the fully vaccinated

May 14, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The CDC lifted the mask mandate for fully vaccinated Americans on Thursday. But with vaccine hesitancy and the idea of vaccine passports a contested issue, how America navigates the next stage of the pandemic remains unanswered.

The United States' health authority has lifted the mask mandate, announcing on Thursday that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear face coverings indoors or out.

"If you are fully vaccinated, you can start doing the things that you had stopped doing because of the pandemic," Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the director of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Thursday, adding: "We have all longed for this moment when we can get back to some sense of normalcy. " US President Joe Biden praised the CDC's announcement, calling it "a great milestone, a great day," as he removed his mask, making a point to smile and telling others to do so.

The new guidelines add to a series of major announcements demonstrating how America is racing towards a post-pandemic life, including authorizing vaccines for people as young as 12 and a call from the second-largest teachers' union to reopen schools this fall.

Last month the Biden administration said there were no plans to introduce a federal "vaccine passport" or require vaccines for travelers or businesses.

Writing on Twitter Thursday, the President said: "The rule is now simple: get vaccinated or wear a mask until you do.

A: Children too young to be vaccinated will still have to wear masks when they are indoors and around others, even if older kids and adults are free to take off face protection once they are fully vaccinated, says Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.

To tackle the spread of the variant, the UK's vaccine minister announced that health officials will "flex" their vaccination rollout according to clinical advice.

"In front of us is an invisible enemy and this enemy has many faces," Modi said Friday, adding, "because of coronavirus, we have lost a lot of our loved ones. " In a national address in April, the PM insisted the country should not go into lockdown despite a surge in cases, fueling intense criticism for Modi and his government's preparation, subsequent handling and response to the second wave.

Regarding the vaccination program, Modi asked Indians to get a dose when their turn comes, saying that more that 180 million vaccine doses have so far been administered.

The union said even without spectators, the event could lead to the circulation of vaccine-resistant variants.

Around 4 million mink were culled in the autumn and buried in military grounds over concerns the animals could spread Covid-19 after the virus was found on more than 200 mink farms. The Australian health minister said the country is in talks with US drugmaker Moderna to produce its Covid-19 vaccine domestically, saying that "onshore manufacturing would ensure a secure, long-term supply. " This comes after Australia purchased 25 million doses of Moderna's vaccine, including 10 million doses to be delivered this year and 15 million doses of booster shots in 2022. Nepal's leader K. P. Sharma Oli was reappointed Prime Minister Thursday after losing a vote of confidence earlier in the week as a second wave of Covid-19 ravages the country. The Biden administration will invest $7. 4 billion to recruit and hire public health workers to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic and prepare for future public health challenges. Eight members of the New York Yankees tested positive for Covid-19 after taking the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

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