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Biden Recklessly Says It’s a ‘Patriotic Responsibility’ for Vaccinated People to Wear Masks

President Joe Biden speaks to the press before boarding Air Force One after attending the Democratic National Committee’s “Back on Track” drive-in car rally to celebrate the president’s 100th day in office in Marietta, Ga., April 29, 2021. (Evelyn Hockstein/Reuters)

President Biden is continuing his atrocious messaging on vaccines. In a Today Show interview, the fully vaccinated Biden claimed that he would continue to wear a mask near people — even outside in case somebody came up near him — because it’s his “patriotic responsibility.”


This has absolutely no basis in science. Vaccines are highly effective and studies have suggested that they prevent not only infection but transmission. Outdoor transmission is also extremely low risk. There is no reason to believe a vaccinated person cannot be near another vaccinated person indoors, let alone near another person outdoors.

Even Biden’s own CDC, which I argued was overly cautious, said that the only situation in which vaccinated people should continue to wear masks outdoors is at crowded events.

Biden, at the start of his administration, said he was asking Americans to wear masks for 100 days. He is now saying that it is a “patriotic responsibility” for Americans to wear masks indefinitely, whether or not they are vaccinated.

We’re entering a stage in which vaccine demand is a bigger concern than supply. The best way of convincing hesitant Americans to get vaccinated is to demonstrate that once vaccinated, they can live their normal lives. By communicating that being vaccinated makes no difference in anybody’s ability to go back to normal, Biden is acting recklessly.

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