US President Joe Biden said yesterday that the abolition of compulsory mask use, as decided by the governors of Texas and Mississippi, is tantamount to “Paleolithic logic” amid rising pandemic deaths.
Asked if he had a message for the governors, Biden told reporters: “I think it is a big mistake. I hope everyone has understood by now, these masks made the difference “.
While acknowledging that the growing availability of vaccines makes it easier to contain the pandemic, the US president said it was also crucial that everyone stay alert, wear masks, wash their hands and keep their distance.
«The last thing we need is this Neanderthal logic, that “Now, everything is fine, take off the mask, forget it”. “It still matters,” he stressed. He also reminded that more than 511,000 people have died from the new coronavirus in the US and it will take time for all of them to be vaccinated.
Cases in the US reach about 50,000 daily, although more than 100 million doses of the vaccine have already been distributed.
“It’s crucial, crucial, crucial, to listen to science: wash your hands, with hot water, often. Wear a mask and keep your distance. I know you know that. “I would like some of our elected officials to know as well,” he continued.
On Tuesday, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott lifted mandatory mask use and said most businesses could operate normally from next week. The same decision was later made by Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves.