Masks will be needed until at least 2022 'for the safety of the nation,' says CVS chief

Masks will be needed until at least 2022 'for the safety of the nation,' says CVS chief

Dr. Anthony Fauci wearing face masks.
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CVS Chief Executive Officer Karen Lynch says masks may be need until at least next year.

Lynch says US is on its way to meeting goal of vaccinating 300 million Americans by end of summer.

Fauci said Americans may still be wearing masks next year, depending on vaccination and case levels.

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Face masks will likely to be the norm until at least 2022, CVS Health CEO Karen Lynch said during DealBook DC Policy Project conference Tuesday.Lynch said she hopes masks aren't a household item forever, but added that they'll likely be needed until at least next year to protect the country against the continued COVID-19 pandemic. "For the health and safety of the nation, I think it's important for us to really think about wearing masks until this is behind us," said Lynch, who began her role as CEO earlier this month. She added that getting everyone vaccinated and further studies on whether those vaccinated can still carry and spread the virus are important to lifting mask rules. Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden's chief medical adviser, said last week it's possible Americans may still need to wear masks next year, depending on whether a majority of the country is vaccinated and whether COVID-19 cases are at "very low" levels. In the early days of his administration, Biden ramped up his vaccination ambitions and purchased enough vaccines from Pfizer/BioNTech and Moderna to vaccinate 300 million Americans by the end of the summer.
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