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Psaki: Abbott and DeSantis’ politically-motivated vaccine mandate insurance policies will kill individuals

White Home Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday accused Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida of “taking steps that forestall the saving of lives” with their opposition to vaccine mandates of their states.

“Governor Abbott’s govt order banning vaccine mandates – and I might additionally notice the announcement by Governor DeSantis this morning, primarily banning the implementation of mandates – match a well-recognized sample that we have seen of placing politics forward of public well being,” Pskais stated in the course of the day by day White Home briefing. 

“Over 700,000 American lives have been misplaced to COVID-19, together with greater than 56,000 in Florida and over 68,000 in Texas,” Psaki added. “Each chief needs to be centered on supporting efforts to avoid wasting lives and finish the pandemic. Why would you be taking steps that forestall the saving of lives, that make it tougher to avoid wasting lives throughout the nation or in any state.”


Psaki’s remarks got here in repose to an executive order issued by Abbott in Texas which bans “any entity” within the state from implementing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate and DeSantis’ introduced preparedness to defend staff who’re fired from their jobs for not getting COVID-19 vaccines.

“Vaccine necessities have been commonplace in each the Lone Star State, Texas, in case you are not acquainted, and the Sunshine State, Florida, in colleges for many years,” Psaki stated. “Whether or not polio measles, mumps, rubella, the chickenpox, there are vaccine necessities which were applied for many years in these states.”

Psaki additionally claimed that the actions taken by Abbott and DeSantis put them “out of step with each longtime necessities, a historical past of vaccine mandates, but in addition many enterprise leaders of their states.”


Requested later within the briefing about Abbott’s motivation for issuing the chief order, Psaki stated it was based mostly solely on “politics.”

“I believe it is fairly clear while you make a alternative that is in opposition to all public well being data and information on the market, that it is not based mostly on what’s within the curiosity of the individuals you might be governing, it is maybe within the curiosity of your individual politics,” Psaki stated.

Abbott and DeSantis couldn’t instantly be reached for remark.

Fox Information’ Michael Lee contributed to this text.


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