The White House still requires guests who have not received full vaccinations to wear face masks and practice social distancing.
President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden are welcoming many NCAA people’s public title groups from Divisions I, II, and III to “College Athlete Day” to celebrate their triumphs at the White House on Monday.
Fox News Digital obtained an email invitation to Congressmen from the White House Office of Legislative Affairs earlier this week, requesting their attendance at the event. COVID protocols and additional logistical details were included in the email.
Although lawmakers are not required to undergo a COVID test before this event, the White House claims they will be required to wear masks and maintain social distancing if they are unvaccinated.
“Masking Guidance: Fully vaccinated guests are not required to wear a mask on the White House grounds,” the email states [bold font in the original email]. “Guests who are not fully vaccinated must wear a mask at all times and maintain at least 6 feet from others while on the White House grounds.”
The email from the White House comes at a time when hospitals and other healthcare facilities are increasingly disregarding their masking regulations, and COVID is becoming less prevalent in most Americans’ lives.
Experts in the interim have questioned face mask effectiveness. A recent study, funded by the National Institutes of Health and published by the prestigious Cochrane Library, looked at the results of 78 randomized controlled trials to see if “physical interventions” like wearing face masks and washing hands stopped the spread of respiratory viruses.
The study’s lead author claims that the conclusion regarding masks undermines the scientific basis for masking.
“There is just no evidence that they make any difference. Full stop,” Tom Jefferson, the study’s lead author, said in an interview. When asked about fitted N95 masks in healthcare settings, Jefferson said: “It makes no difference – none of it.”
In addition, many researchers are skeptical that the COVID vaccine mandates limited virus transmission, which is why the White House email urges unvaccinated individuals to socially distance themselves.
According to a recent study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, COVID vaccine mandates in nine major cities did not appear to affect reducing pandemic-related cases or deaths.
According to a video of the exchange that parliamentarian Rob Roos posted, the study came after a director of the pharmaceutical giant Pfizer admitted at a hearing before the European Parliament last year that the COVID vaccine had never been tested for stopping the virus from being transmitted at the time it was introduced.
In February, an advisory group for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention stated that it would not recommend more than one annual coronavirus vaccine booster.
In the past, Biden criticized individuals who had not received a COVID vaccination for not doing the “right thing” and “costing all of us.” He said that they were hindering “getting back to normal” and causing “much damage” by “making people sick and causing… people to die.”
Biden cautioned those hesitant to receive vaccinations when he announced his vaccine mandates last year: We’ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin.”
The COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE) was officially ended on May 11 by the federal government, despite the White House’s mask requirement for unvaccinated individuals. The Public Health Service Act grants the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services the authority to declare a public health emergency. Since January 2020, the COVID-19 PHE has been in effect.
The World Health Organization announced that COVID no longer qualifies as a global emergency a few days before the PHE was terminated.
In April, President Biden signed a bill that ended the national emergency declaration, which had allowed the government to respond to COVID with certain powers it otherwise wouldn’t have. Those choices came a while after Biden said, “The pandemic is finished” last September in a meeting.
The White House didn’t answer a solicitation for input for this story.