Biden criticizes suspension of mandatory use of face masks in Texas and Mississippi

The United States’s president, Joe Biden, criticized this Wednesday that the governments of the Texas states Y Mississippi restrictions were lifted to prevent the spread of the virus, including the mandatory use of face mask as they prepare for a full-capacity business reopening.

“I think it’s a big mistake. The last thing we need is a Neanderthal thought that in the meantime says ‘everything is fine’, ‘take off your mask’, ‘forget it’ ”, he said. Biden to journalists in the Oval Office from White House.

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President Biden hopes that the American population has realized the difference that the use of mask to avoid more infections by Covid-19 in the country.

“We are about to be able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease by the way we can put the vaccines in people ”, added the president.

From the Oval Office, Biden reiterated that by May there will be enough vaccines against Covid-19 intended for older adults. Without giving a specific date, he estimated that “sometime in the summer” all Americans will be vaccinated.

Hours before, the work team of the White House that manages the response against Covid-19 condemned that the governments of the states of Texas Y Mississippi restrictions were lifted to prevent the spread of the virus, mainly the use of face mask and the reopening of premises.

“In the CDC We have been clear that now is not the time to lift all restrictions. I think next month or two is really pivotal in terms of how this is going pandemic”Said Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, for its acronym in English).

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The holder of the CDC noted that each individual has the power to “do the right thing” regardless of the decision of the states on measures to mitigate the contagions for Covid-19.

“I would encourage people to wear face masks, to distance themselves socially, to do the right thing to protect their own health,” added Walensky.

The response coordinator of the White House, Jeffrey ZientsSaid the president of the United States, Joe Biden, supports the recommendations provided by CDC.

“We highly recommend that people continue to use face mask. Mayors, governors and others, recognizing that they have to make tough decisions to stay the course, ”Zients said.

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The governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, issued on Tuesday a executive order that lifts the restrictions imposed by the coronavirus, and said that most of the businesses will be able to open at full capacity from March 10.

The executive order of Abbott removes all requirements from face mask in the state and prohibits any local jurisdiction from penalizing residents for not wearing a mask.

It also removes all business restrictions in counties that do not have a large number of hospitalizations. “Now is the time to open Texas 100%, ”he said Abbott at a press conference.

The governor of Mississippi, Tate Reeves, also announced the end of the mandatory use of face masks and that businesses will return to full capacity.

“This, which I hope is my last executive order on this issue, lifts the mandatory use of face masks and enables businesses,” he said at a press conference.

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