Published On: Sat, Jul 31st, 2021

‘The President Is a Trusted Voice’: White House on Lack of COVID-19 Briefings After CDC Announcement

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President Joe Biden delivered a speech on Thursday that addressed the recent decision to recommend fully vaccinated people wear masks, the White House said Friday when asked about the lack of COVID-19 press briefings following the sudden reversal. “Why are the doctors not here in the briefing room to take our questions? Why have we not had a COVID briefing?” a reporter asked White House principal deputy press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre in Washington. The reporter noted that Dr. Rochelle Walensky, the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), announced the new mask recommendations on Tuesday in a teleconference briefing. However, since then, the White House COVID-⁠19 Response Team has forgone their customary updates. “I would argue that we had the President of the United States speak to this yesterday. He gave a more than 30-minute speech about where we are as a country. I mean, he is …

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