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After the CDC updated their federal guidance to include indoor masks, regardless of vaccination status, the rollbacks called into question whether the Biden administration had been too quick to relax guidelines and now risked losing some of the public’s confidence.
President Joe Biden’s response has been criticized about its messaging on the virus, including confusing guidance this week as to when and why vaccinated people would need to resume wearing masks indoors.
“I know this is hard to hear. I know it’s frustrating. I know it’s exhausting to think we’re still in this fight,” Biden said to reporters at the White House on Thursday, per The AP. “And I know we hoped this would be a simple, straightforward line, without problems or new challenges. But that isn’t real life.”
The surging delta variant of COVID that has forced the restoration of mask guidelines has threatened Biden’s central promise that he would lead the United States out of the pandemic.
The Associated Press reports that just weeks after Biden had decreed July 4th to be the day that America declared its “independence” from the virus, Americans who reveled in a return to normalcy are now being asked to wear masks again.
“They broke their word. They broke their own rules,” said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif. “And now they’ve broken the trust of the American people.”
And when U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy suggested parents wear masks at home with their kids to better protect them against COVID-19, and not surprisingly, critics had a field day.