“The bottom line is the masks will help us reduce spread further, but the vaccinations remain the bedrock of ending this pandemic,” Murthy told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer.
“What’s really important, also, is to say what has not changed,” Murthy said. “And what has not changed is that vaccines still work. They still save lives. They still prevent hospitalizations at a remarkably high rate.”
Much of the country remains unvaccinated, despite incentive programs and urging from health experts. Only 49.2% of the US population is fully vaccinated, according to the CDC. More than 34.6 million people in the United States have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Murthy said he doesn’t want Americans to think the new mask guidelines mean that progress against Covid-19 is lost.
“That is not the case,” he said, adding that vaccines have prevented many hospitalizations and deaths.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the…