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 in the White House on Wednesday, referring to the easing in Texas and Mississippi. It will be months before all Americans can be vaccinated against the coronavirus.
“The last thing we need is a Neanderthal thought that everything will be fine in the meantime,” said Biden. 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 orders for the wearing of masks and capacity limits for restaurants and companies would be ended. Other states, including Ohio and Michigan, have at least announced easing of their corona 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 Wanted to speak to governors in both 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.
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The head of the US health authority CDC, Rochelle Walensky warned: “Now is not the time to relax all requirements.” from 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 scientific evidence, and until recently made it clear that he found wearing masks rather annoying. (dpa)