Audio Tape Reveals CDC Director Wants More of the Same

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Rochelle Walensky privately told lawmakers recently that the agency has no plans to relax school mask guidance.

Walensky’s private statements were revealed in audio of a closed-door House Energy and Commerce Committee meeting leaked to Reason. The briefing took place virtually on Tuesday and included testimony from Walensky, White House COVID-19 adviser Anthony Fauci, and Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Dawn O’Connell.

“The CDC provides guidance,” Walensky told lawmakers in the recording. “Our guidance currently is that masking should happen in all schools right now.”

The audio also reveals that Walensky “faced criticism—from members in both parties—that the CDC’s guidance is confusing and out of step with human behavior at this stage of the pandemic,” Reason’s Robby Soave reported.

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