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Fauci describes it as 'risky' to stop making kids wear masks

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Dr. Anthony Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and as the chief medical advisor to President Joe Biden, described it as "risky" to stop having kids wear face masks.

"You know, you don't wanna say it's an absolutely wrong decision. It's understandable why people want to take masks off the kids. But right now, given the level of activity that we have, it is risky," Fauci said, referring to a risk of children getting COVID-19.

The prominent public health figure's comments come as school masking requirements are being lifted in some places around the country.

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Fauci and former National Institutes of Health Director Dr. Francis Collins are the recipients of the National Academy of Public Administration's 2022 Elliot L. Richardson Prize — Fauci made the comments during a virtual ceremony that featured a discussion section moderated by Chuck Todd.

Many Americans strongly oppose requiring kids to mask up in school.

"Why is this guy still talking as if we care what he says? #HoldFauciAccountable #EndMaskMandates #DefundVaxMandates," Republican Rep. Chip Roy of Texas tweeted in response to Fauci's remarks.

"The level of 'risk' from kids taking their masks off in school is much lower than what most people have accepted in their normal lives as they drive cars, ride bicycles and drink alcohol. Zero risk is not practical as it pertains to living life," Dr. Nicole Saphier tweeted.

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