President Joe Biden has warned that children younger than 12 will need to wear masks while attending schools, under new guidance released by the CDC on Wednesday.
The President was speaking at a town hall hosted by CNN’s Don Lemon, in an area of Cincinnati that voted heavily in favor of former President Donald Trump in the 2020 election.
Biden used the town hall to urge Americans to continue to get vaccinated, whilst stating that he will continue to tackle “misinformation” regarding the Covid vaccines in the media.
The town hall in Cincinnati was a great chance for the President to spread his message to those who voted against him, however, he ducked questions that related to the potential reintroduction of new lockdowns.
The town hall
The President’s first question came from an individual who is a member of a school board, asked what message he would send to worrying parents who want children who are too young to receive a vaccine to be fully protected.
Biden stated that he was very hopeful that the CDC would approve the administration’s plan to allow everyone under the age of 12 to receive a vaccine from Covid in the coming months, before reiterating the need for everyone under the age of 12 to wear masks whilst they wait for CDC approval.
He added to his answer that all children who are above the age of 12 and are able to get vaccinated won’t need to wear a mask, whereas children who are over the age of 12 and are not vaccinated should continue wearing a mask until they can get an appointment.
He insisted that this is the responsibility of the parents.
The President went on to reassure Americans about the safety and the benefits of taking the vaccine.
He reiterated that those who are fully vaccinated are not going to be out in the ICU and that they are not going to die, therefore making the vaccine incredibly crucial.
His comments come as the so-called “Delta Variant” continues to spread across the United States, with cases tripling and hospitalizations rising.
One of the key talking points from President Biden’s town hall was that the administration is seeking to combat the dangers of misinformation regarding Covid and the vaccines that are currently in circulation.
He stated that misinformation regarding the pandemic is “killing people,” echoing the comments he made regarding Facebook “killing people” for failing to take down posts that the administration believes to be spreading misinformation.
Then, he made a reference to Fox News, whose rhetoric regarding the vaccination program has changed.
Sean Hannity, who is one of the network’s biggest primetime stars, has been urging Americans to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
Other hosts, such as Steve Doocy, told viewers that they should “get a shot as it will save your life.”
Other questions included what the President planned to do regarding the issue of gun violence, alongside his plans for replacing the damaged infrastructure, which is a hot point of conversation in Cincinnati, as the Brent Spence Bridge is continuously closed to all traffic due to its instability.
However, the President reaffirmed his confidence in his $1 trillion infrastructure plan, which recently suffered a damaging blow from Republicans.
Before Biden joined Dom Lemon at the town hall, he paid a trip to the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, where he attempted to sell to them his policies to create more union jobs.
He is said to have met with an apprentice to hear about how the training programs are conducted.
The President stated that “unions are the best” when it comes to offering solid training, proclaiming that they “built the middle class.”