Joe Biden speech LIVE – President discusses mask guidance after CDC says Americans don't need to wear them outside

PRESIDENT Joe Biden will deliver remarks on the COVID-19 response today.

The president will deliver remarks on the coronavirus pandemic and the recent mask guidance given by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Biden will be addressing the nation at 1pm on Tuesday, April 27, 2021.

He will be discussing new coronavirus mask guidelines at the North Lawn of the White House.

On Tuesday, the CDC announced fully vaccinated Americans can go outside without wearing masks, but it is still risky to gather in outdoor groups, the CDC has said.

The updated health advice comes as more than half of all adults in the United States have now received at least one dose of the Covid-19 vaccine, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

"The release of these new guidelines is a first step at helping fully vaccinated Americans resume activities they had stopped doing because of the pandemic, while being mindful of the potential risk of transmitting the virus to others," the CDC said.

Wearing face masks has been considered by experts as one of the most effective ways of controlling virus transmission.

Biden has also repeatedly urged Americans to get vaccinated.

People are considered fully protected two weeks after the second dose of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and two weeks after the single-dose Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

The remarks come a day before Biden is slated to address Congress.

This speech is not considered a State of the Union address but he will be outlining current issues facing the nation and his administration.

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