- CVS CEO Karen Lynch said that masks will not be used until at least next year.
- Lynch said that the United States is moving towards achieving the goal of vaccinating 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.
- Fauci said that depending on the vaccination situation and the level of cases, Americans may still wear masks next year.
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CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch said at the DealBook DC Policy Project meeting on Tuesday that masks will not become the norm until at least 2022.
Lynch said she hopes that masks will never become a household item, but she added that masks will not be used until at least next year to protect the country from the ongoing COVID-1
Lynch said: “For the health and safety of the country, it is important for us to really consider wearing masks until this has become a reality.” She started as CEO earlier this month. She added that it is important for everyone to be vaccinated and to further study whether vaccinators can still carry and spread the virus in order to lift the mask rule.
President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci, said last week that Americans may still need to wear masks next year, depending on whether most parts of the country have been vaccinated and whether COVID-19 cases are at “extremely low” levels. . In the early days of his administration, Biden increased his vaccination ambitions and purchased enough vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.
CVS is one of the retail partners working with the federal government. The company has fired in the arms of elderly Americans in long-term care facilities and is now vaccinating the general public. Lynch said in an interview on Tuesday: “We are proceeding smoothly as the President requested, enabling 300 million Americans to complete…I hope we can get there.”
According to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, so far, 13% of the population (44 million people) have received at least one or two doses of the vaccine. This week, less than a year after the pandemic in the United States, the country passed 500,000 deaths related to COVID-19.
At the same time, the hospitalization rate for COVID-19 has reached the lowest level since November, and some of them attribute the promotion of the vaccine to this. Nevertheless, experts still recommend the continued use of masks and social distancing measures to keep the number of hospitalizations reduced.