GOP Senators Launch Attempt to Update Mask Mandates

(ReliableNews.org) – The Biden administration conceded last week that it wouldn’t reach its July 4th goal of having 70% of adult Americans at least partially vaccinated against COVID-19. As of June 28, 66.1% of the nation’s adults received at least one shot, and 57% are fully vaccinated.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) updated its health recommendations for fully vaccinated people on May 28, 2021. However, the CDC still requires face masks on “planes, trains, and other forms of public transportation” for travelers — vaccinated or not.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and five other Republican senators introduced a resolution on June 25 calling on the CDC to lift the mask mandate for vaccinated individuals using public transportation.

Cruz explained that the mask mandates have been lifted across the country for the 150 million fully vaccinated people. Yet, the CDC “inexplicably” hasn’t updated its requirements for public transportation.

Continuing, Cruz explained that “it’s long past time” for the CDC and the Biden administration to start following the science and end mask mandates across the board for fully vaccinated people.

There is some dispute among scientists regarding the use of masks in the wake of the spread of the highly infectious Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus. Hopefully, the CDC will follow up on the resolution, take the appropriate measures, review available data, and make the right decision regarding future mask mandates.

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