"The CDC reaffirmed that we can safely reopen schools this fall—full time. Masking students is inconvenient, I know, but will allow them to learn and be with their classmates with the best available protection,” stated President Biden in a press briefing on July 27.
He continued, the announcement by the CDC, that new research and concerns about the Delta variant leads CDC to recommend a return to masking in parts of the country, is another step on our journey to defeating this virus. I hope all Americans who live in the areas covered by the CDC guidance will follow it.
Most importantly, the announcement also makes clear that the most important protection we have against the Delta variant is to get vaccinated. Although most U.S. adults are vaccinated, too many are not. While we have seen an increase in vaccinations in recent days, we still need to do better.
On Thursday Biden will lay out the next steps in our effort to get more Americans vaccinated.