The call to get teachers back into schools has been more insidious than earlier Republican calls to re-open the economy even though it meant loss of life, especially because teachers are in fact working and teaching, often harder and longer hours than ever.
Since Joe Biden has taken office, many more vaccination shots are getting into the arms of Americans. Over the last week, the country has averaged over 2 million vaccinations each day.
The US is getting very close to getting back to normal, but it is not there yet. CDC Director Rochelle Walensky said earlier this week that she was very worried that states would roll back their safety measures.
And not surprisingly, that has started to happen. On Tuesday, Texas governor Greg Abbott tried to distract from his recent weather disaster by opening up al businesses and removing mask updates. Not to be outdone, Mississippi governor Tate Reeves soon followed suit.
Joe Biden was asked about those decisions on Wednesday. “I think it’s a big mistake,” he responded.
The President continued, “Look, I hope everybody has realized by now, these masks make a difference. We are on the cusp of being able to fundamentally change the nature of this disease because of the way we’ve been able to get vaccines in people’s arms.”
Biden closed, “The last thing we need is neanderthal thinking that in the meantime, ‘everything’s fine, take off your masks.’ Forget it, it still matters. As of yesterday, we’ve lost 511,874 Americans. We’ll lose thousands more. This will not occur, we will not have everyone vaccinated until some time in the summer. We have the vaccine to do it. It’s critical, critical, critical, critical, that they follow the science.
Watch a clip of the statement below, courtesy of NBC News:
NEW: President Biden calls Texas and Mississippi decisions to end mask mandates “a big mistake" and criticizes what he views as “Neanderthal thinking” after CDC warned against complacency in the face of emerging coronavirus variants on Monday. pic.twitter.com/Mmdln3gNG6
In listening to workers and science, Biden is providing an example of how we properly value lives and protect and practice democracy.