The decision of the states of Texas and Mississippi to drop the cap duty is heavily criticised by President Joe Biden. “The last thing we need is Neanderthal thinking,” he said in the White House to journalists. Mouth caps still matter, is his message to the southern states.
American states can decide for themselves a large part of their health policies. Several states are easing their lockdown measures, but Texas goes the furthest. The state with 29 million inhabitants is terminating all corona measures including the mouth cap duty, Governor Greg Abbott announced Tuesday. He acknowledged that the virus has not been defeated, but pointed to the millions of Texans who have already been vaccinated, the stock of protective equipment and the many testing possibilities.
Around one in six Americans have now received at least one dose of a coronav vaccine, but people are still getting infected. The death toll from the virus is still increasing, there are now more than 518,000.
According to Biden, enough vaccines have been purchased to vaccinate all adult Americans at the end of May. He takes the fight against the coronavirus significantly more seriously than his predecessor Trump.