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WH COVID Response Coordinator on Title 42, Transit Mask Mandate: We have a “different standard” for travel

During Thursday’s broadcast of “Your World” on Fox News Channel, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator Dr. Ashish Jha defended rescinding Title 42 while extending the mandate of the transit mask stating that “we’ve always had a bit of a different standard when it comes to transportation” because people can’t get up and walk away from someone coughing or sneezing on a plane and defended children wearing masks.

Host Neil Cavuto asked, [relevant remarks begin around 4:20] “I would like to discuss this whole Title 42 situation with you, Doctor. Because there seems to be a different standard for migrants or those at the border, where we might relax that at a time when we tighten the requirements here. I’m just wondering what you think about it and whether the Americans are right in thinking that there is a double standard.

Jha replied, “The way I see it is, first of all, if you look across the country, if you look at the CDC map, 97% of the country is green. There are not many restrictions. And CDC scientists determined, on Title 42, that it was time, from a public health perspective, to lift the Title 42 restrictions. We’ve always had a little bit different standards when it comes to transportation, in that we know that when you’re sitting on an airplane, the person sitting next to you, if they’re coughing, if they’re sneezing, you can’t get up and move. So we always wanted to be extra careful in public transport, airlines. And that, I think, is part of what’s driving the CDC scientists here to say, let’s take two more weeks, let’s try to figure out what’s going on. These are really quite different circumstances. And I think that’s what drives the CDC’s decision-making on this.

Jha added, “I think what we heard from the CDC this week is a bit more time to make a more sustainable decision. That seemed eminently reasonable to me.

Cavuto then asked, “Do you think little children should wear masks, Doctor?”

Jha replied, “That’s what the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends, that’s what the CDC recommends. So I’m really following the experts on this. And I believe that, if the American pediatricians make these recommendations, I will certainly take it very seriously.

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