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CDC shares ‘pivotal discovery’ on Covid-19 breakthrough infections that led to new mask guidance

CNN: “President Joe Biden said Friday the US will, “in all probability,” see more guidelines and restrictions amid rising coronavirus cases and the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant. “And by the way, we had a good day yesterday,” Biden told reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before departing for Camp David, referring to what he said were encouraging numbers of people who got vaccinated Thursday. Pressed Friday on whether the US is headed for more lockdowns amid rising cases, White House deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre told reporters, “The way we see this is that we have the tools in our tool belt to fight this, this, this variant,” adding, “we are not going to head towards a lockdown.””Our goal is to make sure that we are not headed towards that — that is not going to be the direction that we take, because we have the tools to prevent that,” Jean-Pierre said, pointing to the availability of free vaccines across the country. The administration’s comments come as a new study, published Friday by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, shows the variant produces similar amounts of virus in vaccinated and unvaccinated people if they get infected. The finding “was a pivotal discovery leading to CDC’s updated mask recommendation,” Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the CDC, said Friday. Earlier this week, Walensky unveiled new guidance that vaccinated people in areas with “substantial” or “high” levels of Covid-19 transmission should resume wearing masks indoors. More than 75% of the US population lives in these areas. The CDC study and updated mask guidance came amid further efforts from the Biden administration to mitigate the spread of the Delta variant…”

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