Samuel Case, FISM News
During an interview over the weekend with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Dr. Anthony Fauci said that the idea of returning to a mask mandate, even for vaccinated individuals, is “under active consideration” and that he is “part of the discussion.”
Fauci then said that even though the CDC says masks are not needed for the vaccinated individuals indoors, it still supports local mask mandates in areas experiencing an uptick in cases.
“If you’re looking at what’s going on locally, in the trenches, in places like LA county, the local officials have the discretion, and the CDC agrees with that ability and discretion capability, to say ‘you know, you’re in a situation where we’re having a lot of dynamics of infection, but even if you are vaccinated, you should wear a mask,” Fauci said.
TAPPER: "Do you think masks should be brought back for vaccinated Americans?"
FAUCI: "This is under active consideration… Yes, I am part of the discussion." pic.twitter.com/nJ9Om22rwi
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) July 25, 2021
Fauci’s comments come as St. Louis, Missouri, and St. Louis County will begin requiring indoor masking, regardless of vaccination status, on Monday. The latest seven day average in the area shows 212 cases, making for the highest since the end of January. Despite the higher cases deaths remain low. In late January the state of Missouri was averaging 45 deaths a day, but now the state is seeing around 6 deaths a day.
Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt, announced he’ll be bringing a lawsuit against the mask mandate. In a tweet Schmitt said, “The citizens of St. Louis and St. Louis County are not subjects — they are free people.”