'Neanderthal thinking': Biden criticizes Texas, Mississippi for lifting mask mandates

Biden warned that now is not the time to ease health guidelines, especially as his administration works to ramp up vaccinations.

3/4/2021 12:22:00 AM

President Biden criticizes decisions in Texas and Mississippi to roll back statewide mask mandates and other Covid-19 health guidelines as 'Neanderthal thinking.'

Biden warned that now is not the time to ease health guidelines, especially as his administration works to ramp up vaccinations.

health guidelines as"Neanderthal thinking.""I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody realizes by now that masks make a big difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because the way in which we are able to get vaccines," Biden told reporters.

"The last thing we need is the Neanderthal thinking that, in the meantime, everything is fine, take off our mask, forget it," he added.March 3, 202101:27Texas Gov. Greg Abbott announced Tuesday that it was"now time to open Texas 100 percent," citing the economic impact of the virus. Shortly after Abbott's announcement, Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves said that he would also end his state's mask mandate. Both governors are Republicans.

The governors' decision came just one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned that relaxing the guidelines could cause cases to trend upward again.Andy Slavitt, the White House senior adviser for Covid-19 response, said Wednesday that the Biden administration was"using the absolute full extent of all of the areas where we have federal control" to enforce health guidelines and that they were"actively being very, very clear on what we think needs to happen." headtopics.com

"We hope that other elected officials who have the authority in their domains will, in fact, listen," he said.Biden said that the U.S. risks thousands of more deaths to Covid-19 if Americans drop basic guidelines to stop the spread, including masks and social distancing.

"It is critical, critical, critical that they follow the science," Biden said of the governors.Biden announced Tuesday that the U.S. is expected to have enough doses of the three authorized Covid-19 vaccines for every American adult by the end of May, two months earlier than previous estimates. He credited the sped-up timeline to the administration's efforts to ramp up the production and distribution of the vaccine.

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I guess that type of thinking is what takes place with liberals running New York, California, etc. where they have tried to make people live in caves and the COVID rate is still high. Biden should know about Neanderthals because he is as old as one! He is absolutely right about that Two weeks to flatten the curve 🐑

Medical professionals should immediately go on strike. Maybe then crazy Republican lawmakers will listen. Well, he should know... That comparison doesn’t mean what POTUS thinks it means. Once again, his brain malfunctioned. GregAbbott_TX he’s talking to YOU bro The 4th wave Seriously. If the gop was ACTUALLY trying to kill as many as possible, what could they possibly do differently?

Fuck JoeBiden Vaccine shipments to the republic of Texas should be slashed. Just like with other federal mandates, if you don’t comply you lose funding. Don’t punish the citizens for their idiot rep’s decisions. Continue with the plan, as organized. We can't wear mask forever. We won't wear mask forever. Open businesses and wash your damn hands.

Its NOT A VERY...UNITED STATES OF AMERICA IS IT ?👤&🙏☁️ I criticize the terrifying looking statue head behind POTUS. Hey Joe not all of those 500,011 ppl died solely from covid! As a matter of fact not even half of them died solely from covid! Maybe 6%-10% did from covid only! You can’t count patients that had heart attacks, strokes, cancer etc

We want Biden gone! It is quite obvious man has Alzheimer's invoke the 25th and get him out! hey, that’s mean! neanderthals were nowhere near as heartless as texas & mississippi republican politicians. Right. There's no logic to it