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Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images

The Centers for Disease and Control Prevention will "probably" urge everyone under age 12 to wear masks in school, President Biden said in a CNN town hall on Wednesday evening.

Why it matters: The latest surge in COVID cases fueled by the Delta variant has again raised concern about the spread of the virus as schools reopen for the fall.

What he's saying: "The CDC is going to say that what you should do is, everyone under the age of 12 should probably be wearing masks in school," Biden said. "That's probably what's going to happen."

  • "I do not tell any scientists what they should do," Biden added when asked how soon children under age 12 will be eligible for the coronavirus vaccine.
  • "They're trying to figure out whether or not there's a vaccination that affects one child at such-and-such an age and not another child," he noted. "I think it's a matter of community responsibility and I think you're going to see it work through."

Biden urged Americans at large to get vaccinated, calling the new spike in cases a "pandemic for those who haven't gotten the vaccination."

  • "If you're vaccinated, even if you do catch the virus ... you're not likely to get sick," he said, adding that very few vaccinated people get infected. "You're probably going to be symptomless. You won't be in a position where your life is in danger."
  • "Let the scientists proceed."

When asked about the filibuster and its role in Democrats fight against GOP-led voting restrictions, Biden said he does not believe getting rid of it is the answer.

  • "I want to make sure we bring along not just all the Democrats, we bring along Republicans who I know know better," he said. "They know better than this."
  • "What I don't want to do is get wrapped up right now in the argument whether or not this is all about the filibuster."

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New York City revives vaccine passports

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New York City yesterday became the first city in the U.S. to require proof of coronavirus vaccination for indoor dining and other leisure activities, a measure popular among public health experts but previously squashed by political backlash to "vaccine passports."

Why it matters: Employers and now local governments are starting to ensure that remaining unvaccinated will have consequences for everyday life, testing the resolve of those who say nothing could persuade them to get a shot.

Fayetteville might fight state on mask mandate ban

Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

The Fayetteville City Council will vote Tuesday night on a resolution to support and possibly join litigation to block Act 1002, which prohibits public entities, including schools, from requiring masks.

What's happening: Per Gov. Asa Hutchinson's request, the legislature will convene tomorrow for a special session and consider repealing or amending Act 1002.

13 hours ago - Health

Biden to GOP governors who resist COVID rules: "Get out of the way"

President Biden speaks at the White House on Tuesday. Photo: Shawn Thew/EPA/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden spoke out Tuesday against Republican governors who've sought to block vaccine and mask mandates, as COVID-19 cases spike across the U.S.

Why it matters: Biden has tried to avoid making the pandemic a partisan issue, but the Washington Post notes the White House "has grown increasingly frustrated" with Republican leaders looking to obstruct health measures.

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