The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday delayed a release of coronavirus guidelines designed to ease restrictions for fully vaccinated Americans.
The agency’s guidelines were expected to align with comments made this week by Dr. Anthony Fauci, who suggested “small gatherings” indoors among vaccinated people were probably safe.
“The relative risk is so low that you would not have to wear a mask, that you could have a good social gathering within the home,” Fauci said at a White House task force briefing Monday.
The guidelines were also expected to advise on travel scenarios for immunized people. Politico, citing two senior administration officials with knowledge of the situation, said the guidelines were to be released Thursday but were delayed because they were still being finalized. The CDC did not immediately respond to USA TODAY’s request for comment.
The news comes as the pace of vaccinations grows to more than 2 million Americans per day. President Joe Biden said this week there will be enough vaccine for every adult in the U.S. by late May. Some health experts say the U.S. could reach that milestone by mid-April.
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