President Joe Biden foreshadowed guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommending children younger than 12 years old who are ineligible for a coronavirus vaccine to wear a face-covering in school.
"Everyone over the age of — under the age of 12 should probably be wearing a mask in school. That's probably what's going to happen," Biden said Wednesday during a televised town hall.
Those older than 12 eligible for one of the three COVID-19 vaccines granted emergency authorization by the Food and Drug Administration but who have not received their shots should also cover their faces in school, according to Biden. Yet, the president was realistic there may be issues with "mom or dad being honest."
"It's a matter of community responsibility," he said.
Biden would not predict when children younger than 12 will become eligible for a jab, only saying it would be "soon."
"I do not tell any scientists what they should do. I do not interfere," he said.
But the president disclosed it was "my expectation" the FDA would provide final vaccine approval "some time" between August and October.
Biden's balance of the interests of students, parents, and teachers tripped up his White House early in his term. Teachers unions pushed for vaccinations as their members returned to classrooms before the CDC ruled it was unnecessary to protect them from the virus.
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Original Author: Naomi Lim