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US Surgeon General Defends CDC Mask Change, Blames Tech Companies for COVID Deaths By Reuters

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy upheld federal guidance that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer need to wear masks, while blaming social media companies for feeding the information. wrong about vaccines.

Murthy told CNN’s “State of the Union” that allowing vaccinated people to forgo masks also gives communities the flexibility to revert to mask mandates based on new infections and vaccination rates, such as Los Angeles https://www.reuters.com/world/us / mask-command-returns-los-angeles-coronavirus-cases-rise-2021-07-15 has done.

Nationwide, new cases of COVID-19 in the US increased 70% this week compared to the previous seven days to an average of 30,000 new infections per day, driven by the Delta variant. Deaths increased 26% week over week to an average of 250 lives lost per day, mostly in unvaccinated patients. (Global Cases and Deaths Graph) https://tmsnrt.rs/34pvUyi

Murthy said that social media companies have fueled false narratives about the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines, echoing President Joe Biden’s comments that social media companies were “killing people.” https://www.reuters.com/business/healthcare-pharmaceuticals/white-house-says-facebooks-steps-stop-vaccine-misinformation-are-indequate-2021-07-16

“There have been positive steps by these tech companies,” Murthy said. “But what I have also told them in public and in private is that it is not enough.”

Facebook (NASDAQ ūüôā defended itself against Biden’s claim in an https: // post on Saturday, saying it promoted authoritative vaccine information and acted aggressively against health misinformation on its platforms.

Minnesota Democratic Sen. Amy Klobuchar told CNN’s “State of the Union” that she was looking for ways to hold social enterprises legally responsible for vaccine misinformation and suggested that some might even need to be disbanded.

“I’m a fan of using antitrust so we can get real competition against the dominant platforms,” ‚Äč‚ÄčKlobuchar said.

Ken McClure, Mayor of Springfield, Missouri, blamed misinformation as part of the driving force behind low vaccination rates in his community, which has seen a large increase in COVID-19 cases.

“I think we’re seeing a lot of propagation through social media,” McClure told CBS’s “Face the Nation.” “I think that we, as a society and certainly in our community, are being harmed.”

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