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Coronavirus: Face masks “more guaranteed” to work against COVID-19 than a vaccine, CDC director says

CA, 17 Sep 2020
Wearing a face mask may do more to protect against the spread of coronavirus than getting a vaccine, the director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said Wednesday.

Speaking at a United Stated House subcommittee on the country’s response efforts to COVID-19, Dr. Robert Redfield stressed the importance of wearing a mask.

“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 said.

This is because the vaccine might not work for everyone, Redfield said, adding 70 per cent efficacy as an example.

Redfield also told lawmakers that it could be the “late second quarter or third quarter of 2021” before a COVID-19 vaccine is generally available to the American public.

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