Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms (D) followed the Biden administration’s surrender and issued an executive order requiring people to wear masks in indoor spaces in the city with limited exceptions.
“All portions of the City are located in an area which the CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has classified COVID-19 [Chinese coronavirus] transmission as ‘high’ or ‘substantial,'” Bottoms’ executive order reads, outlining the rules requiring all individuals over the age of ten to wear masks when in public places in Atlanta. Exceptions include personal vehicles and residential properties. The order outlines medical and religious exemptions as well.
Individuals who violate the order and refuse to comply after receiving a warning may be “subject to a civil penalty of not more than $25.00 on the first offense and not more than $50.00 on the second and any subsequent offenses,” per the order.
Bottoms defended the mandate, citing a supposed consensus among public health experts.
“Public health experts overwhelmingly agree, and data has proved, that wearing a face-covering helps slow the spread of this deadly virus,” Bottoms said.
“As COVID-19 rates increase, we must remain vigilant, wear a mask, follow CDC guidelines and other measures to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our communities,” she added.
“The public health leaders in our administration have made the determination, based on data, that that is a way to make sure they’re protected,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Tuesday after a reporter asked why vaccinated individuals need to wear masks, as officials adamantly contend vaccines do, in fact, work.
A handful of lawmakers have since pointed out that the CDC’s mask guidance appears to be based, in part, on a study of a vaccine not even used in the United States:
The CDC’s reversal on viral load among breakthrough vaccinated cases is based on an Indian study involving those w/ a non-US approved vaccine. Mask mandates coming back based on research that’s inapplicable from the get-go. This is J&J-pause-level incompetence. (1/2) https://t.co/f1vrbU3ql0
— Rep. Peter Meijer (@RepMeijer) July 28, 2021
Here’s the truth America:
The “game changer” data the CDC used for the mask mandate is from a single study from India.
The study was rejected in peer review.
But CDC used it anyway. pic.twitter.com/uqirPTCZUE
— Dan Crenshaw (@DanCrenshawTX) July 28, 2021
As Breitbart News reported:
Indeed, the CDC did, in fact, feature a study that was based, partially, on a vaccine not yet approved in the U.S., rendering that particular finding inapplicable in the states.
“We used a Delta variant live virus isolate to test susceptibility to vaccine elicited neutralising antibodies in individuals vaccinated with ChAdOx-1 or BNT162b2,” the research reads. The first vaccine referenced is the Oxford-developed AstraZeneca vaccine, not used in the U.S., and the second is the Pfizer vaccine, one of the main vaccines used in the U.S. under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). Notably, none of the vaccines in the U.S. have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
Despite that, the CDC presumably used the study as a partial framework for its updated guidance, which instructs fully vaccinated people to mask up.
The CDC said (emphasis added):
A study from Houston, Texas observed that Delta caused a significantly higher rate of breakthrough infections in fully vaccinated people compared with infections from other variants, but noted that only 6.5% of all COVID-19 cases occurred in fully vaccinated individuals. Studies from India with vaccines not authorized for use in the United States have noted relatively high viral loads and larger cluster sizes associated with infections with Delta, regardless of vaccination status. These early data suggest that breakthrough Delta infections are transmissible. Unpublished data are consistent with this, and additional data collection and studies are underway to understand the level and duration of transmissibility from Delta vaccine breakthrough infections in the United States and other settings.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) also made that observation as he blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) mask rule on Wednesday. “I just left speaking with Dr. Monahan from the House. He said he used the CDC recommendation on a report that hasn’t been printed yet,” McCarthy said.
“He did not know that the report is based upon India, about a vaccine that’s not approved in America, and now he did not know that it didn’t even pass peer-review,” he continued.
“That’s why vaccinated people in this house now have to wear a mask. There is no science, but I guess the Speaker must have not known that. Why wouldn’t the Speaker know the facts?” McCarthy added.