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Letter to the Secretary of Health and Human Services and the CDC Director Regarding the Dangerously Inadequate Process Used by the CDC to Update Its Guidelines for Wearing Masks

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Public Citizen expressed serious concern regarding the dangerously inadequate process undertaken by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and issue the agency’s revised guidance on mask wearing by people who are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Among the most troubling aspects of the agency’s decision to loosen its mask-wearing guidelines was the failure of the agency to engage in a transparent, consultative process with the multiple affected stakeholders before making such a consequential public health decision in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

August 20, 2021, CDC response letter.