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Covid-19: US relaxes rules on mask wearing for fully vaccinated people

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1115 (Published 29 April 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1115

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  1. Janice Hopkins Tanne
  1. New York

Americans who have been fully vaccinated can relax their use of face coverings, especially outdoors, under new rules from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced by President Joe Biden on 27 April.1

Biden said that progress against covid-19 would lead to more normal life. He set a target for people to be able to get together with friends and family on 4 July, American Independence Day, which is traditionally a time for barbecues and family gatherings.2

In less than 100 days since he took office, said Biden, “Two thirds of our seniors are now fully vaccinated, and more than 80% . . . have had at …

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