President Biden on Tuesday called for patience after leaving Americans confused about whether to continue wearing masks amid CDC guidance that vaccinated people have no reason to continue wearing the COVID-19 shields.
Biden has been erratic in his embrace of the CDC’s pivot, drawing ridicule from critics who say Democrats hypocritically accused them of not following science during the pandemic.
The president noted tensions over the issue as residents of some major cities, such as Washington, DC, largely flout the new CDC advice and continue wearing masks on empty sidewalks — even though about 41 percent of US adults are fully vaccinated and 56 percent have had at least one shot.
“The good news is that last week the CDC said that vaccinated people do not need to wear their masks outside unless they’re in very crowded settings like a sporting event,” Biden said at a White House event.
“And if we can continue to drive vaccinations up and case loads