In testimony yesterday, CDC Director Robert Redfield claimed that masks are better than vaccines at preventing the spread of COVID-19:
Redfield: masks are better than vaccines. pic.twitter.com/vyOB9UqDPj
— Alexander Nazaryan (@alexnazaryan) September 16, 2020
Well, this is something else, as Brit Hume notes. “Does he expect people to believe that?”:
For months we’ve been told we should wear masks not so much to protect ourselves as to protect others. Now the head of the CDC is claiming that a mask will protect the wearer better than a vaccine. Does he expect people to believe that?
— Brit Hume (@brithume) September 17, 2020
Yes, it is “something to see”:
The glossing over ‘masks are more effective than a vaccine’ is something to see. These are the same people that said healthy people shouldn’t wear a mask just 6 months ago.
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) September 17, 2020
This is one possibility:
Consider the possibility that CDC is, and has been for decades, run by incompetent buffoons. https://t.co/zXbZx8jYBg
— Sean Davis (@seanmdav) September 17, 2020
I can’t decide whether
1) they think we’re idiots
2) they’re idiots https://t.co/5RKDOeIvyH
— Nick Searcy,INTERNATIONAL FILM & TELEVISION STAR (@yesnicksearcy) September 17, 2020
And why is he undermining the vaccine:
How to undermine your vaccine effort https://t.co/cJYmPTw928
— Liz Peek (@lizpeek) September 17, 2020
Here’s a reminder just how much he’s shifted his position:
CDC Director Robert Redfield on masks, 6 months ago, prior to the “new science”: pic.twitter.com/idEfQ2RpYF
— Jordan Schachtel (@JordanSchachtel) September 16, 2020
The White House was still pushing back against his statement this morning:
Meadows says mask wearing isn’t panacea for preventing covid. “Dr. Fauci or anybody else would suggest that it is a mitigating effort, but it is not something that is designed to actually make sure that we don’t have the coronavirus spread,” he tells a gaggle of reporters at WH.
— Jennifer Jacobs (@JenniferJJacobs) September 17, 2020
But Redfield didn’t back down when challenged by the president last night:
NEW: @CDCDirector issues this statement in response to the President contradicting him twice, saying he was “confused” about a vaccine timeline and “wrong” about masks offering more protection anyway. Redfield made the statements under oath.
He does not say he misspoke. pic.twitter.com/vwWty8jKeO
— Weijia Jiang (@weijia) September 16, 2020