President Joe Biden has publicly condemned the Texas governor's decision to revoke COVID-19 restrictions.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves announced this week that they would be removing statewide mask mandates and allow businesses to operate at 100 percent capacity.
The decisions were against the advice of the CDC.
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"I think it's a big mistake. Look, I hope everybody's 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 in which we're able to get vaccines in people's arms," Biden told reporters. "We've been able to move that up to the end of May, to have enough for every adult American to get a [vaccine] shot. The last thing, the last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking, that, 'In the meantime, everything's fine. Take off your mask. Forget it.' It still matters."
He continued: "It's critical, critical, critical that they follow the science. Wash your hands -- do it frequently; wear a mask; and stay socially distanced. I know you all know that. I wish the heck some of our elected officials knew it."