Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Director Dr. Robert Redfield suggested Wednesday that using face masks could be more effective in limiting the spread of COVID-19 than a vaccine.
Speaking during a hearing of a U.S. Senate Appropriations subcommittee, Redfield called masks "our best defense" against the virus. He said that while a vaccine for the virus might not generate an immune response for 30 percent of those who take one, anyone wearing a mask would receive at least some level of protection.
"These face masks are the most important, powerful public health tool we have," Redfield said. "I will continue to appeal for all Americans, all individuals in our country, to embrace these face coverings... if we did for 6, 8, 10, 12 weeks, we'd bring this pandemic under control... we have clear scientific evidence they work."
"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," he added. "Because the immunogenicity may be 70 percent and if I don't get an immune response, the vaccine's not going to protect me. This face mask will."
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