Biden criticizes Texas and Mississippi for “Neanderthal thinking” behind lifting mask mandates

President Biden on Wednesday criticized leaders in Texas and Mississippi for ending their statewide mask mandates earlier than all Americans have entry to a vaccine. Mr. Biden mentioned it was “Neanderthal thinking” to consider that “in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your masks.”

Republican governors in Texas and Mississippi introduced the lifting of their mask mandates this week, earlier than the states have completed vaccinating seniors and weak populations. The Centers for Disease Control and federal well being officers have mentioned now shouldn’t be the time to cease being vigilant, particularly given the uptick in variants. 

“I think it’s a big mistake,” the president informed reporters on Wednesday on the White House “Look, I hope everybody’s realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way with which we’re able to get vaccines in people’s arms. We’ve been able to move that all the way up to the end of May to have enough for every American, to get every adult American to get a shot. The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, everything is fine, take off your masks, forget it. It still matters.” 

Those feedback come after the president’s announcement that the U.S. could have sufficient vaccine provide to cover all Americans by the top of May. It will take longer than that to get these photographs into arms. 

The president has constantly reminded Americans to put on masks and has made some extent of sporting one himself, even after he acquired each doses of the vaccine. He has urged all Americans to put on a mask for his first 100 days in office — though well being officers consider Americans might want to put on masks for longer. 

As they do wherever else, companies in Texas and in Mississippi will nonetheless be capable to require clients to put on masks, and underneath Mr. Biden’s authority, everybody on federal property in these states will proceed to wish to put on a mask. 

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