Masks ‘more guaranteed’ to protect against COVID-19 than vaccine, CDC director says

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Robert Redfield said Wednesday that face masks may be more effective at protecting against coronavirus transmission than a vaccine.

“We have clear scientific evidence [face masks] work,” Dr. Redfield told the Senate Appropriations Committee. “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.”

Redfield said vaccine distribution will not begin until mid-2021. Until then, masks are “our best defense” against the virus.

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