Biden admin signals it is willing to return to lockdowns, school closures if recommended by CDC

During Thursday’s White House press briefing the Biden administration signaled that it would consider another wave of lockdowns and school closures should the CDC guidelines recommend such action be taken.

This after the government recently asked already vaccinated Americans to return to wearing the face mask, something the Biden administration said they would not do, following CDC guidance that vaccinated Americans in high transmission areas of Covid-19 should consider wearing the mask again while indoors due to the Delta-variant. The CDC also advises that K-12 children in schools should be required to wear a mask and that schools should return to full time as long as the proper steps are taken to prevent the spread.

Fox News reporter Peter Doocy asked, “President Biden says we are not returning to lockdowns, shutdowns, and school closures, but he also once said that we didn’t have to wear masks anymore once we were vaccinated. So, why should Americans trust him now?” “Well because we listen to the scientists; we listen to the expert…” replied Principal Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre.

“If scientists come to you at some point down the line and say, ‘it is our opinion that there should be shutdowns and there should be school closures’, you would do that?” asked Peter Doocy. “…We listen to the CDC and the expert and their guidance…the CDC is a body that is well respected…we follow their guidance” stated Ms. Jean-Pierre.  

With the Delta-variant now at large the country faces being plunged into another period of strict pandemic restrictions. The next school year is fast approaching and with the new administration’s willingness to return to shutdowns, a full return to face-to-face learning could be short-lived should the CDC advise another lockdown.



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