The governors of Texas and Mississippi lifted all corona restrictions. US President Joe Biden criticized the decision as “Neanderthal thinking”.
US President Joe Biden has criticized the recent corona easing by the governors of Texas and Mississippi as “Neanderthal thinking”.
The two Republican governors had already announced the lifting of the mask requirement in their states on Tuesday.
They also lifted restrictions on business life and gatherings to help contain the spread of corona infections.
US President Joe Biden has criticized the easing of corona-related restrictions in several US states. “I think it’s a big mistake,” said the Democrat on Wednesday in the White House with a view to the corresponding easing in Texas and Mississippi. Not until late May will there be enough vaccine to vaccinate all adult Americans. “The last thing we need is a Neanderthal thought that everything will be fine in the meantime.” It is “crucial” to follow the protective measures recommended by science.
Biden spokeswoman Jen Psaki said the US had been dealing with the corona pandemic for a year. “And the whole country is paying the price for political leaders who ignored science about the pandemic.”
The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, announced that it would lift the mask requirement and all capacity limits for restaurants and other establishments in his state. “Now is the time to open Texas 100 percent,” he said. The Republican governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, had also announced that all masks and capacity restrictions for restaurants and companies would be terminated. Other states, including Ohio and Michigan, have at least announced easing of their corona requirements.
“Now is not the time to relax all requirements”
Psaki emphasized that Biden’s appeal to Americans to wear masks in his first 100 days in office was based on expert assessments who assumed that 50,000 lives could be saved in this way. When asked if Biden would like to speak to governors in the two states about the easing, Psaki said the president speaks regularly with governors of both parties and will be sure to raise the issue at the earliest opportunity.
The head of the US health authority CDC, Rochelle Walensky warned: “Now is not the time to relax all requirements.” She appealed to people to continue to adhere to the precautionary measures to contain the pandemic, such as wearing masks, “regardless of the decision of the state”.
Biden’s predecessor in office, Donald Trump, had denied the danger posed by the virus at the beginning of the pandemic, later used certain drugs as supposed miracle cures without any scientific evidence, and until recently made it clear that he found wearing masks rather annoying.
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