The United States does not see it necessary for vaccinated people to return to the use of masks given the increase in numbers of COVID-19 cases related to the delta variant, contradicting the position of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the local authorities of The Angels.
This was stated by the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, in its acronym in English), Rochelle Walensky. “If you are vaccinated, you are safe from the variants that circulate here in the United States,” Walensky said in an interview with the American television network NBC.
The question of mask use has returned to the center of debate in the US after Los Angeles County health officials and the WHO recommended that even fully vaccinated people should continue to wear them indoors as a precautionary measure due to the delta variant increment.
According to updated CDC projections, the delta variant accounted for 26.1% of COVID-19 infections in the US during the two-week period ending June 19.
However, Walensky said that the CDC guidance has not changed and that fully vaccinated people do not need to wear masks as inoculations are highly effective against the delta variant.
She explained that the WHO is dealing with a global situation in which far fewer people have been immunized than in the US, so it is issuing more cautious advice.
Regarding the situation in Los Angeles, Walensky pointed out that it is local legislators “who must develop policies for their local environment.”
The delta variant of the coronavirus has spread to different countries and, with it, concerns about the spread of the pandemic given its high transmission capacity.