CDC Director Suggests Masks Offer More Protection Than A COVID Vaccine Would
Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, suggested during a Senate Appropriations subcommittee hearing on Wednesday that masks are “more guaranteed” to protect against COVID-19 than a vaccine, according to Axios.
Redfield’s rationale was that some people may not become immune to coronavirus after getting the shot.
"These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have. And I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings. I've said if we did it for 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks, we'd bring this pandemic under control," he said.
"I might even go so far as to say that this face mask is more guaranteed to protect me against COVID than when I take a COVID vaccine. Because the immunogenicity may be 70%, and if I don't get an immune response, the vaccine's not going to protect me. This face mask will."
Redfield added that “he believes there will be a ‘very limited supply’ of a vaccine between November and December, and that ‘we're probably looking at late second quarter, third quarter of 2021’ for widespread distribution.”