President Joe Biden pushed back states like Texas and Mississippi by lifting mask mandates before the COVID-19 crisis ended, calling the movement “Neanderthal thinking.”
Earlier this week, states like Texas, Michigan, Mississippi and Louisiana eased restrictions on masks as well as the indoor capacity of bars, restaurants and other businesses.
“I think that’s a big mistake,” Biden told an Oval Office reporter Wednesday.
“Listen, I hope everyone has realized that these masks are making a difference. We are on the verge of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease, ”he said, citing the acceleration of vaccination efforts across the country.
Because the United States should have enough vaccines for all adults by the end of May, Biden said the decision to lift restrictions early was “the last thing we need.”
He called it “Neanderthal thinking” to believe that “in the meantime, all is well, take off your mask”.
“Forget it. It still matters,” he insisted.
Although the United States has lost more than 500,000 people to the COVID-19 pandemic, Republican Gov. Greg Abbott of Texas said on Tuesday that “state warrants are no longer necessary.”
In response to this and other state governors who lifted their respective mask rules, many senior health officials, including the head of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, have reportedly “repeatedly begged people not to risk another deadly wave of contagion ”amid vaccination efforts. the rise and progress made in defeating the virus, according to the Associated Press.
So far, more than 51 million people have received a first dose of a coronavirus vaccine and the Biden administration is confident it will meet the goal of having 100 million people vaccinated in its first 100 days.
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