President Biden on Wednesday declared that “this is not a pandemic” as he spoke about reopening the US after COVID-19 — but he also said that children under age 12 may have to wear masks in classrooms this fall unless they become eligible for vaccines “soon.”
Biden used a CNN town hall TV program in Ohio to call on unvaccinated Americans to take their shots to avoid a resurgence of the respiratory bug as the more contagious Delta version of the virus spreads in areas with lower vaccination rates.
TV footage showed Biden’s audience sitting close together without masks. But a member of the traveling White House press pool tweeted a photo of the venue from the rear, revealing that about half of the seats were left empty.
“There’s legitimate questions people can ask, that they worry about getting vaccinated. But the questions should be asked, answered and people should get vaccinated. But this is not a pandemic. We’ve made sure