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Biden health officials begin discussing mask recommendations as variants surge cases

July 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Top Biden health officials and some White House officials are holding preliminary conversations on revising mask recommendations for vaccinated Americans as the Delta variant spreads throughout the US, according to multiple sources familiar with discussions.

(CNN)Top Biden health officials and some White House officials are holding preliminary conversations on revising mask recommendations for vaccinated Americans as the Delta variant spreads throughout the US, according to multiple sources familiar with discussions.

One source familiar with the conversations said the administration is also considering recommendations that more heavily emphasize Americans should follow local guidance when it comes to wearing a mask indoors or for children at school.

"The CDC has been spending a lot of time trying to work through the issue of masking and figure out what to do next, and whether or not they need to be reconsidering things," Dr. Marcus Plescia, chief medical officer at the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, said.

"What we're seeing is some resistance from local health departments to step in front of the CDC guidance, but they might have to," Lori Freeman, the chief executive officer of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, said, noting that Los Angeles county had just taken the step of implementing a mask mandate.

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