National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) director Dr. Anthony Fauci said that masks mandates were “under active consideration,” even for vaccinated Americans.
Fauci was asked by CNN’s “State of the Union” host Jake Tapper on Sunday if mask mandates were once again on the table at the CDC and White House.
“You know, Jake, this is under active consideration. If you’re asking, am I part of the discussion? Yes, I am part of the discussion,” Fauci said. “But I think what you are seeing, even though as of our conversation at this moment, the CDC still says and recommends that if you are vaccinated fully, that you do not need to wear a mask indoors.”
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Fauci noted that certain counties and cities have reimposed mask mandates due to an uptick in COVID delta variant cases, suggesting a federal mandate wouldn’t be unusual.
“However, if you look at what’s going on locally in the trenches, in places like L.A. 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. Even if you are vaccinated, you should wear a mask,” Fauci said.
“That’s a local decision that’s not incompatible with the CDC’s overall recommendations that give a lot of discretion to the locals,” he continued. “And we’re going to be seeing that in L.A. We’re seeing it in Chicago. We’re seeing that in New Orleans because the officials there, many of them are saying even if you’re vaccinated, it’s prudent to wear a mask indoors. That’s a local decision.”
Miami private school to require students getting COVID-19 vaccine to stay home for 30 days after each dose due to ‘shedding onto others’
MIAMI, Fla. — A Miami school that made headlines for saying it would penalize teachers who got the COVID-19 vaccine is now requiring students who get vaccinated to remain home for 30 days after each dose.
Parents of students at the Centner Academy recently received a letter from its Chief Operating Officer that read in part, “…if you are considering the vaccine for your Centner Academy student(s), we ask that you hold off until the Summer when there will be time for the potential transmission or shedding onto others to decrease.”
The letter also spelled out a quarantine rule for parents who still choose to vaccinate their children.
Read more from WSVN 7 (Fox Miami).
Police actively investigating bomb threat that led to evacuation of downtown Miami building
MIAMI, Fla. — A building in downtown Miami has been evacuated as police say they investigate a bomb threat.
City of Miami Police units have responded to the building, located at 300 SE 3rd St., Sunday afternoon.
Investigators said they received a call about the bomb threat just before 3 p.m.
Please check back with the Miami Standard for more updates on this breaking story.
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Rotting fish, injuries, dirty water: Feds find care violations at Miami Seaquarium for captive orca Tokitae
A captive southern resident orca at the Miami Seaquarium for now more than 50 years was given meager rations, fed rotten fish, and forced to do high-energy jumps and tricks despite a jaw injury from fast swims, a federal inspection reported.
The findings, first reported in The Miami Herald, were publicly released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service following a routine inspection of the marine theme park over three days in June.
The Sept. 22 report, filed by the federal veterinary medical officer, details multiple violations of animal care standards.
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