The Pressure Campaign to Restore Pandemic Restrictions Is Succeeding

Source: Commentary
by Noah Rothman

“Back in May, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention belatedly admitted what most sentient observers already knew to be true: The risk of contracting and transmitting COVID-19 among vaccinated Americans is so vanishingly small that the fully immunized can get rid of their face masks. The community of COVID maximalists has never forgiven the agency for its laxity. And now, amid a new wave of infections limited almost exclusively to the unvaccinated, members of the Biden administration are subtly undermining the administration’s own guidance in an effort to restore mask mandates. … It’s not at all clear what effect restoring mask mandates will have on localized rates of COVID infection. If, however, the Biden administration accepts the premise that the pandemic is back in full force despite all the sacrifices the public has already made over the last 18 months, the political consequences are far easier to predict.” (07/21/21)