Former FDA Boss Tells CBS It’s Time to End Mask Rules in ‘Wholesale Fashion’

Nicholas Fondacaro | May 9, 2021
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In a welcomed Mother’s Day gift on Sunday’s Face the Nation, former FDA commissioner and Pfizer board member Dr. Scott Gottlieb called for the end of outdoor and INDOOR mask mandates in a “wholesale fashion” since the country was well on its way to getting over the COVID pandemic. He argued that “the public has to trust that public health officials are going to lift these restrictions as quickly as they put them in place as the conditions improve” as a way to “maintain our integrity.”

Interestingly, Gottlieb was teed up to deliver his message by fill-in CBS moderator John Dickerson. “Every time we talk, we talk about where things are and then you kind of tell us where things are going to be,” Dickerson prefaced. “Your feeling now about maybe changing those mandates for indoor masks. You think they should be lifted do you?”

Noting that “COVID won't disappear” and “we're going to have to learn to live with it,” Gottlieb pointed out the fact that “the risk is substantially reduced as a result of vaccination, as a result of immunity that people have required there prior infection.”

And from there, he announced: “I think we’re at a point in time where we can start lifting these ordinances in a wholesale fashion. And people have to take precautions based on their individual risk.”

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