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Joe Rogan. Photo: Alex Trautwig/Getty Images

White House chief medical adviser Anthony Fauci during an interview with NBC's "Today" on Wednesday shot down podcast host Joe Rogan's suggestion that young people do not need to get the coronavirus vaccine.

What he's saying: "That’s incorrect," Fauci said. "You're talking about yourself in a vacuum. You're worried about yourself getting infected and the likelihood that you're not going to get any symptoms. But you can get infected, and will get infected, if you put yourself at risk."

  • "And even if you don't have any symptoms you're propagating the outbreak because it is likely that you, even if you have no symptoms, that you may inadvertently and innocently then infect someone else who might infect someone who really could have a problem with a severe outcome," Fauci added.

Background: Rogan received backlash after he said during a Friday episode of his podcast "The Joe Rogan Experience" that "If you’re a healthy person and you’re exercising all the time and you’re young and you’re eating well, I don’t think you need to worry about [getting vaccinated]."

  • White House communications director Kate Bedingfield reacted to Rogan's comments, telling CNN: "I guess my first question would be, did Joe Rogan become a medical doctor while we weren’t looking? ... I’m not sure that taking scientific and medical advice from Joe Rogan is perhaps the most productive way for people to get their information."

Go deeper: Young and middle-aged adults responsible for most COVID spread

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Apr 28, 2021 - Health

The CDC's mask guidance is really vaccine guidance

Rochelle P. Walensky, Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, in D.C. in April. On April 27, she announced updated CDC guidance that fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks outside. Photo: Tom Williams-CQ-Roll Call, Inc/Getty Images

If it wasn't already clear that federal health officials really think you should get a coronavirus vaccine, yesterday's guidelines about outdoor mask-wearing should help.

Why it matters: The new guidance — which says vaccinated people can go maskless in many outdoor settings — changes little in practical terms. But experts hope it could help convince folks on the fence to get immunized, particularly since vaccination rates have fallen in recent weeks.

Apr 28, 2021 - World

India's COVID death toll tops 200,000 amid under-reporting claims

A man performs the last rites of a family member who died of COVID-19 as other funeral pyres burn during a mass cremation at a crematorium in New Delhi, India., Saturday. Photo: Anindito Mukherjee/Getty Images

India's COVID-19 death toll surged past 200,000 on Wednesday, as the country set another daily global cases record.

Of note: Medical experts and members of India's opposition parties say the actual death toll and case numbers are much higher, a charge Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party denies.

CDC: Fully vaccinated people don't need to wear masks outside

CDC Director Rochelle Walensky. Photo: Amr Alfiky-Pool/Getty Images

Fully vaccinated people can venture outdoors without masks, according to updated guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued Tuesday.

The big picture: The guidelines come as more than nearly 29% of people in the U.S. have been fully vaccinated and more than 42% have received at least one dose.