BARACK Obama has canceled his star-studded 60th birthday celebrations after he was slammed over Covid "superspreader" fears.
The party was due to be held on Saturday at Martha's Vineyard but plans have been dramatically reduced as the Delta variant continues to surge.
In a statement, spokeswoman Hannah Hankins said: “Due to the new spread of the Delta variant over the past week, the President and Mrs. Obama have decided to significantly scale back the event to include only family and close friends.
“He’s appreciative of others sending their birthday wishes from afar and looks forward to seeing people soon.”
Obama reportedly invited 475 guests and employed 200 staff to work the event despite the rising number of Covid cases nationwide.
The president was slammed for his plans to host a large celebration as the Delta variant continues to surge.
One Twitter user posted: "Will they be wearing masks while sipping their champagne?"
Another said: "Obama set to hold Covid Super Spreader Event."
Hundreds of former staffers, celebrities, and Democratic donors had been expected to attend the celebrations, The New York Times reports.
Stars George Clooney, Oprah Winfrey, and Pearl Jam were said to be on the guest list.
Meanwhile, Joe Biden wasn't planning to attend the bash.
A White House spokesperson told Axios: "While President Biden is unable to attend this weekend, he looks forward to catching up with former President Obama soon and properly welcoming him into the over-sixty club."
The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has revealed that the Delta variant now accounts for more than 80 percent of all new infections in the US.
A study appeared to show that people may be as contagious as the unvaccinated given how the Delta variant is spreading faster than the common cold.
The agency's authors said the findings suggest that the CDC’s mask guidance should be expanded to include the entire country, even outside of hot spots.
Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, told CNN on Sunday: "If you're talking about a small party like I might have at my house for six or eight people who are all fully vaccinated, I do not believe, at this point, we need to put masks on to be next to each other.
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