CDC director: Masks are better defense against COVID-19 than vaccine

CDC director: Masks are better defense against COVID-19 than vaccine


Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Robert Redfield said Wednesday that wearing a mask probably offers better protection against COVID-19 than will a vaccine.

Redfield made the surprising remark to a Senate subcommittee, as the Defense Department on Wednesday unfurled plans to mass-distribute a vaccine as early as this year, in a key step to end the coronavirus pandemic.

“They are our best defense. I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me than the vaccine because the immunogenicity might only be 70 percent and if I don’t get an immune response, the vaccine is not going to protect me. This mask will,” Redfield testified.

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Pfizer CEO Albert Bourla said Sunday that the company should know in October if its vaccine candidate works. There are many other candidates and the US government is stockpiling potential vaccines in case any prove effective and safe.

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