During a teleconference on Tuesday, CDC Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky told reporters that her main concern is that the CCP virus may be “just a few mutations” away from being able to evade vaccines.
“The virus and potential mutations are the most concerning issues that I believe we in public health and science are concerned about. We have a highly contagious virus that has the potential to evade our vaccines in terms of how they protect us from severe disease and death, “Walensky explained.
“Fortunately, we are not there right now. These vaccines do an excellent job of protecting us from serious disease and death. But the biggest concern is that the next variant that emerges, which could be just a few mutations away, could potentially evade our vaccines. ”
Walensky advised that more Americans should be vaccinated in order to contain the virus and its mutations due to the threat of a variant that is immune to current vaccines. According to the CDC, more than 163 million Americans were fully vaccinated as of Tuesday.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued new guidelines advising fully vaccinated people to wear masks indoors if they are “in an area of substantial or high transmission.” According to the CDC, as of Tuesday, more than 63 percent of counties in the United States had significant or high COVID-19 transmission rates.
The disease COVID-19 is caused by the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, also known as the novel coronavirus.
The guidance issued on Tuesday is a reversal of the agency’s May advisory, which stated that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks indoors or in most other settings.
The recent increase in COVID-19 cases in the United States has been attributed to the spread of the CCP virus’s Delta variant. According to the CDC’s strain surveillance program, the variant accounted for more than half of all new infections by early June and has since become more prevalent.
“We are dealing with a much different strain of this virus than we were even earlier in the spring, back in May, when the masking guidance was completed — provided by the CDC at that time,” White House Press Secretary Jenn Psaki told reporters on Tuesday, responding to questions about the variant and the new CDC guidance.
“Their job is to provide guidance to the American public based on evolving information, evolving data, and an evolving historic pandemic.”