On Wednesday with an interview with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) director Rochelle Walensky, CNN host John Berman shockingly flipped the script when he challenged the Biden administration and the CDC for their conflicting comments regarding the COIVD-19 vaccination and masks.
At one point, Berman asked her “why the hell” vaccinated Americans would have to wear masks.
“With prior variants, when people had these rare breakthrough infections, we didn’t see the capacity of them to spread the virus to others,” Walensky explained. “But with the Delta variant, we now see in our outbreak investigations that have been occurring over the last couple of weeks, in those outbreak investigations, we have been seeing that if you happen to have one of those breakthrough infections, that you can actually now pass it to somebody else.”
Walensky covered her tracks by pointing to “new science” and tried pinning the blame on the unvaccinated.
“You can understand the frustration in those of us who are vaccinated saying, ‘Why the hell do I have to pay the price for this?’” Berman asked.
The Daily Caller reports:
Walensky claimed that the new guidance was put in place because if vaccinated people are in an area with a higher level of COVID infections, there is a “reasonably high chance, if nobody is wearing a mask, to interact with people who may be infectious.”
Walensky added that even though breakthrough infections are rare, the intention was to prevent vaccinated people from spreading the virus to others.
Berman wasn’t the only CNN host to challenge the new mask recommendations. CNN host Erin Burnett also flipped the script when she challenged the Biden administration and the CDC.
The comments came during an interview with CNN’s medical analyst Dr. Jonathan Reiner after the CDC and Biden administration announced they are now recommending vaccinated people wear masks. The development sent shockwaves throughout America considering the Biden administration promised vaccinated people would no longer have to wear masks.
“I understand what you’re saying, but I also take a step back here and I say OK, first they said — and science and information can change, right? But we all remember at the very beginning here, mask up even if you’re vaccinated because you could spread it. And then, yay, guess what, you can’t spread it. And now, oh my gosh, now you can maybe spread it. And they’re making the change to the masking guidance based on unpublished data,” Burnett said.
The data, according to the CDC, “shows the vaccinated and unvaccinated people infected by the Delta variant can have the same viral load,” she said. ” So, after changing it to ‘maybe you can spread it’ to ‘you definitely can’t, to ‘maybe you can but it’s really rare’ — they’re telling you now it’s really rare but you have the same viral load.”
Burnett made sure to call them out.
“I mean, Dr. Reiner, that’s why it’s really confusing. And it does beg the question of, do they really know or do they know things they’re not sharing with us? I mean it’s a credibility question, isn’t it? We don’t even know what ‘rare’ means?”
“Completely,” Reiner said. “Let’s see the data. All right, let’s, let’s be transparent. Let’s explain to the public what the problem is and what the fix is, and I don’t get that vibe from CDC now. Well, I think you can tell the American public that delta is bad. And because delta is bad, we need everyone to … mask up, both the vaccinated and the unvaccinated,” the doctor added.
“The American people will listen to that. Instead, you know, this story of occasionally, maybe vaccinated people can, you know, can, can spread the virus so, it just doesn’t ring true to me. It doesn’t ring true.”
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