Biden Tells Americans To Keep Masks On ‘Until Everyone Is, In Fact, Vaccinated’
President Joe Biden said Americans should expect to wear masks until next year or until all Americans have been vaccinated.
The Democratic president said Monday that he wants American citizens to continue wearing the protective facial covering to prevent the spread of the lingering coronavirus disease or “until everyone is, in fact, vaccinated.”
“I urge all local docs and ministers and priests to talk about why, why it’s important to get that vaccine and even after that, until everyone is, in fact, vaccinated, to wear this mask,” Biden said after announcing his $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan.
To recall, shortly after his inauguration, Biden urged Americans to “mask up” for the next 100 days as federal and state governments ramp up vaccine availability across the country.
Wearing masks isn't a partisan issue — it's a patriotic act that can save countless lives. That's why I signed an executive order today issuing a mask mandate on federal property. It's time to mask up, America.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 21, 2021
He also mandated mask wearing on federal properties — but was widely criticised earlier after appearing to have broken his own mask mandate.
The Biden administration has earlier earmarked $86 million for free masks.
The new Democratic government has earlier set a goal of inoculating 100 million vaccine shots within Biden’s first 100 days in office. As of Monday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said more than 92 million doses were already administered.
Meanwhile, earlier, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, noted that “even after you’re vaccinated, social distancing and wearing masks will be essential.”
PSAKI: "Even after you’re vaccinated, social distancing and wearing masks will be essential." pic.twitter.com/UpbtgGG1XG
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) February 4, 2021
President Biden said last month that the US will have enough supply of the COVID-19 vaccine by the end of the summer to inoculate 300 million Americans.
However, he has also said that Americans should expect to continue wearing masks into 2022.
Earlier, Biden slammed Texas and Mississippi for ending their mask mandate — saying it is a “big mistake” and describing it as a “neanderthal thinking.”
NEW: President Biden calls Texas and Mississippi decisions to end mask mandates “a big mistake" and criticizes what he views as “Neanderthal thinking” after CDC warned against complacency in the face of emerging coronavirus variants on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Mmdln3gNG6
— NBC News (@NBCNews) March 3, 2021
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