"While we are implementing the criteria of the Advisory Committee and of the state and local guidances to get vaccination across these eligible communities, I would also say that safe reopening of schools is not - that vaccination of teachers is not a prerequisite for safe reopening of schools".
This first reared its head two weeks ago.
Mitigation strategies include: universal and correct use of masks; physical distancing; handwashing and respiratory etiquette; cleaning and maintaining healthy facilities; contact tracing in combination with isolation and quarantine.
"I recognize that the decision, on when and how to begin in-person learning is one that must be based on a thorough review of what the science tells us works and an understanding of the lived experiences, challenges, and perspectives of teachers and school staff, parents, and students", Walensky said in a COVID-19 update on Friday.
If schools in "high transmission" communities can not "strictly implement all mitigation strategies", the CDC says all extracurricular activities should be virtual.
The scene was similar on CNN, where Harris spokeswoman Symone Sanders was asked the same sort of questions. I don't understand why it's a hard question to answer. He also said that there's problems with school busses, and called for teachers "to be moved up in the hierarchy" for vaccines.
On Sunday, Dr. Anthony Fauci said he backed the CDC's guidelines. Sanders replied that the administration believes teachers should get prioritized access to the vaccine, but Berman noted that that isn't the same thing as asking whether vaccination is absolutely essential. And that we are going to rely on science.
Whatever one thinks of those unions, the views of teachers and their representatives are a valid consideration.
What strategies should schools follow to reopen and stay open? But there's a difference between considering such practicalities and not acknowledging whether the scientific guidance of health officials is your own policy.
Regarding progress on COVID-19 vaccinations, "when we came into office, there were only 50 million doses available; by the end of July we'll have 600 million doses - enough to vaccinate every single American", he said, adding that his administration had spoken with vaccine makers Pfizer and Moderna "and they not only agreed to go from 200 to 400 to 600 million doses, we got them to move up the time, and used the National Defense Act to help the manufacturing piece of it, and get more equipment, and so on".
The guidance is out, and it says what Walensky indicated it would. The White House should probably decide whether that reflects its own position and, if not, explain why - if for no other reason than the high-minded standard Biden set for his administration.