The U.S.-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has touted face masks as providing better protection against COVID-19 than a vaccine.
CDC Director Dr. Robert Redfield made the statement during a recent Senate Appropriations sub-committee hearing.
“We have clear scientific evidence they work, and they are our best defense,” Dr. Robert Redfield 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,” he added.
He further urged Americans, particularly those 18 to 25 years old, to be vigilant and take responsibility “because we haven’t got the acceptance to personal responsibility that we need for all Americans to embrace this face mask.”
Redfield told the U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies that a potential coronavirus vaccine, which will likely be available in limited quantities by the end of this year, may only have immunogenicity of 70%.
Nigel Bell, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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