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U.S. surgeon general defends CDC mask change, blames tech companies for COVID deaths

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy stood by federal guidance that those fully vaccinated against COVID-19 no longer needed to wear masks, while blaming social media companies for fueling vaccine misinformation.

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

Nationwide, new U.S. COVID-19 cases surged 70% this week compared with the prior seven days to an average of 30,000 new infections a day, fueled by the Delta variant. Deaths rose 26% week-over-week to an average of 250 lives lost a day, mostly in unvaccinated patients. (Graphic of global cases and deaths) 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-inadequate-2021-07-16

"There have been positive steps taken by these technology companies," Murthy said. "But what I've also said to them publicly and privately is that it's not enough."

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) defended itself against Biden's assertion in a post https:// on Saturday, saying that it promoted authoritative information about vaccines and acted aggressively against health misinformation on its platforms.

Democratic Minnesota Senator Amy Klobuchar told CNN's "State of the Union" that she was looking into ways to hold social companies legally responsible for vaccine misinformation and suggested some might even need to be broken up.

"I am a fan of using anti-trust so we can get true competition against the dominant platforms," Klobuchar said.

Ken McClure, the mayor of Springfield, Missouri, blamed misinformation as part of the driving force behind poor vaccination rates in his community which has experienced a huge spike in COVID-19 cases.

"I think we're seeing a lot spread through social media," McClure told CBS's "Face the Nation." "I think we as a society and certainly in our community are being hurt by it."

U.S. surgeon general defends CDC mask change, blames tech companies for COVID deaths
 

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Pratt Man
Pratt Man Jul 19, 2021 8:12AM ET
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Why are democrats trying so hard to get republicans vaccinated? This is how a modern day waar is fought. Let them be miss informed and die
John Healy
John Healy Jul 18, 2021 5:39PM ET
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We should THANK individuals who refuse to get vaccinated, get infected and die for removing themselves from the gene pool. A group Darwin Award, so to speak.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 18, 2021 4:09PM ET
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Just make it mandatory, there is plenty of requiring shots you are getting when you are born or young.This is no different.It will be mandatory soon or later, get over it.No way they will allow more shutdowns or the economy to choke down to be happening again because people without logical explanation don't want to get a vaccine.
Honey Badger
Honey Badger Jul 18, 2021 4:09PM ET
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Logical explanation is that its experimental.
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jul 18, 2021 3:21PM ET
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Let people choose. With freedom comes responsibility…NOT the nanny state!
Hunt Richardson
Hunt Richardson Jul 18, 2021 3:20PM ET
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article fails to mention key fact that the news that is being published is that the majority of new infections are in young adults who have not been vaccinated. If that is not a fact, cite a source when contradicting it
Roger Miller
Roger Miller Jul 18, 2021 3:02PM ET
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Let people choose. With freedom comes responsibility…NOT the nanny state!
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 18, 2021 3:02PM ET
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Problem is they dont want responsibility. When # hit them for their choice, 99.99% blames gov, others
Bob Collins
Bob Collins Jul 18, 2021 2:27PM ET
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Nobody believes lyin’ Joe Biden.Nobody believes the Biden regime.Nobody believes the CDC.Nobody trusts the Globalist FBI.
ZS Beck
ZS Beck Jul 18, 2021 2:27PM ET
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So there is no Covid happening in the world? It’s a bad dream I guess.
palmer gossett
palmer gossett Jul 18, 2021 2:27PM ET
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ZS Beck just wear your mask and go about your business
John Snowden
John Snowden Jul 18, 2021 2:24PM ET
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one step closer to a civil war.
Sab Baby
SabSabBaby Jul 18, 2021 2:04PM ET
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Oh, yesh! The social media makes the official statistics go up? NOT!
Kelly Mayer
Kelly Mayer Jul 18, 2021 2:02PM ET
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Likely a tactic to make social media even more Orwellian. The norm these days is creating problems to implement totalitarian measures no one would accept under different circumstances. These measures are then made permanent even after what initially was the reason for them to be there in the first place, being long gone. Totalitarian tip toe is the name of the game.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:37PM ET
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All Dems and most politicians r good at blames. It divert public anger/attention to/at their incompetents. It works all the time bacause we r mammals.
Kaveh Sun
Kaveh Sun Jul 18, 2021 1:30PM ET
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It is Biden fault. He keeps pushin stimuluses, infrastructures, free money for the kids, border, etc he is rarely works,speaks on covid after his first several days.
New Jazenevd
New Jazenevd Jul 18, 2021 1:13PM ET
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Abolishing and/or limiting freedom of speech means fascism, pure and simple, no matter which excuses are invented by fascist promoters.
Eudon Hickey
Eudon Hickey Jul 18, 2021 1:05PM ET
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The real virus is the main stream media
Matt Kriesel
Matt Kriesel Jul 18, 2021 1:05PM ET
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Corporate propaganda. It's entertainment, not news unless coverage of weather.
Connecticut Yankee
A_Jaundiced_Eye Jul 18, 2021 1:05PM ET
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Matt Kriesel  I wouldn't automatically give them a pass on the weather, either.  If it's bad weather, the Left-Wing Media blame it on global warming; if it's good, it's because of government stimulus.
 
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