Several states are loosening the protective measures – against the express appeal by US President Biden, who sees it as a “big mistake”.
US President Joe Biden has criticized the relaxation of corona-related restrictions in several US states and accused the governors of “Neanderthal thinking”.
“I think it’s a big mistake,” commented the Democrat on the lifting of restrictions in Texas and Mississippi. There won’t be enough vaccine to vaccinate all adult Americans until the end of May. “The last thing we need is a Neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything will be fine. “
It is “crucial” to follow the protective measures recommended by science.
The Republican Governor of Texas, Greg Abbott, announced on Tuesday that it would lift the mask requirement and all capacity limits for restaurants and other businesses in his state.
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.
Abbott and Reeves resisted criticism on Twitter on Wednesday. “We are able to contain Covid and safely open Texas 100 percent,” wrote Abbott. Reeves criticized Biden for calling it “Neanderthal thinking” to let the people of Mississippi decide how to protect themselves. The governor wrote that these people did not need any “carers”. “I think we should trust the Americans and not offend them.”
President Biden said allowing Mississippians to decide how to protect themselves is “neanderthal thinking.”
Mississippians don’t need handlers. As numbers drop, they can assess their choices and listen to experts. I guess I just think we should trust Americans, not insult them.
— Tate Reeves (@tatereeves) March 3, 2021
Fauci: take-back “rashly”
The top immunologist and Biden advisor Anthony Fauci called the withdrawal of the protective measures “inexplicable” and “rash.” Fauci told the broadcaster CNN On Wednesday evening, months ago, the United States saw the number of cases increase alarmingly again after some states had not followed the experts’ guidelines.
The daily number of cases in the USA has decreased to 55,000 to 7,000, but is still high – and the decline has now slowed down.
The White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki criticized politicians who had not taken the expert advice seriously since the beginning of the Corona crisis. The US has been dealing with the pandemic for a year, Psaki said on Wednesday. “And the whole country is paying the price for political leaders who ignored science about the pandemic.”
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. “We have to stay vigilant.”
The head of the US health authority CDC, Rochelle Walensky, warned: “Now is not the time to relax all requirements.” regardless of state decision ”.
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. Biden has made the fight against the pandemic one of his main goals.
Since the pandemic began, nearly 520,000 people in the United States have died after being infected with the coronavirus, according to statistics from Johns Hopkins University. More than 28.7 million of the approximately 330 million Americans contracted the virus. The infection numbers are well below those at the beginning of the year, but have remained at more than 50,000 in the past few days.