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Vaccinated people are allowed to do it without their mask in many places in the US – even in confined spaces. President Biden is using the new guidelines to address all Americans who have not been vaccinated.

Washington (AP) – US President Joe Biden has hailed the CDC’s new guidelines from the CDC’s health authority to largely abolish the mask requirement for vaccinated people as a “milestone” in the fight against the pandemic.

“Today is a great day for America in our long battle against the coronavirus,” Biden said at the White House. “When you are fully vaccinated, you no longer need to wear a mask.” Biden warned that this does not apply to people who do not yet have full vaccination protection. The CDC had previously published guidelines according to which fully vaccinated people usually no longer need to wear a mask not only outside but also in enclosed spaces.

Biden said cases had fallen in 49 of the 50 states. The death toll associated with Covid-19 is at its lowest since April last year. On Thursday, the mark of 250 million vaccine doses has been reached since he took office on January 20. According to the CDC, more than 117 million of the approximately 330 million people in the US are now fully vaccinated. For adults, the rate is a whopping 45 percent.

Biden appealed to the remaining Americans to get vaccinated. “We’re not done yet. We’re still losing too many Americans because we still have too many unvaccinated people.” Biden has set a goal that 70 percent of all adults should be fully vaccinated by Independence Day on July 4th. He added that in order to achieve long-term security, the pandemic needs to be addressed not just in the US but around the world.

The American president called for understanding for those people who did not want to take off the masks despite vaccination. Please treat them with kindness and respect. We’ve had too much conflict, too much bitterness, too much anger, too much polarization on this issue of wearing masks. Let’s put that aside. Let’s not forget: we are all Americans. “

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