The CDC delayed its looser rules for vaccinated people, while states ease restrictions despite being told it’s too soon

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Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Director Rochelle Walensky at a White House press briefing on Monday. White House/YouTube
  • The CDC delayed issuing new, more lax COVID-19 rules for vaccinated people, Politico reported.
  • The guidance was due to be updated Thursday but was slowed without a clear reason.
  • President Joe Biden recently criticized states such as Texas for relaxing their COVID-19 rules.
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The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has delayed the release of new guidance relaxing public-health recommendations for vaccinated people in the US.

A spokesman for the agency told Politico on Wednesday: “CDC’s guidance will not be posted tomorrow because we have not finalized it here at CDC. Once it is final, we will publish and disseminate it.”

According to unnamed agency sources cited by Politico, drafts of the guidelines had been circulating for weeks and were due to be approved Wednesday for release the next day.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the White House’s chief medical advisor, said early last week that the new rules would arrive “pretty soon.”

Politico’s sources did not give a reason for the delay.

It came after several US states defied the CDC and the White House by dramatically easing their coronavirus restrictions.

Gov. Greg Abbott on Tuesday announced a “100%” reopening of Texas. On the same day, the head of the CDC warned that relaxing public-health measures could lead to a fourth surge of cases in the country.

—Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) March 2, 2021

Texas is not the only state to relax its public-health measures. Louisiana, Mississippi, and Michigan all issued announcements Tuesday easing the rules.

Other states, and some cities including Chicago and San Francisco, have also relaxed public-health measures, Insider’s Dr. Catherine Schuster-Bruce reported Wednesday.

On Tuesday, President Joe Biden called the Mississippi and Texas decisions a “big mistake,” which he attributed to “Neanderthal thinking.”

Though cases of COVID-19 in the US have been dropping, the decline slowed in recent days, prompting renewed warnings.