Biden’s best COVID advisor reconsiders Alabama’s decision to drop mask mandate

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‘To me a mask seems like a very small price to pay for saving human lives’: Biden’s top COVID adviser recalls Alabama governor’s decision to ignore the White House and lift his face-covering mandate

  • Andy Slavitt, senior coronavirus advisor to President Joe Biden, knocked governors out for ignoring the president’s plea to restore mask mandates
  • “I think the governors know better. I think the governors know they are not helping the cause, ”Slavitt said on CNN on Tuesday
  • He continued: ‘To me a mask seems like a very small price to pay to protect people’s lives, to save people’s lives’
  • Alabama government Kay Ivey was firm in its decision to drop mask mandate on April 9
  • Six states with mask mandates – Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming – have already removed them
  • Several other states, including Florida and Georgia, have no statewide mandates as Florida’s maskless spring breakers made national news
  • President Joe Biden pleaded with governors on Monday to ‘restore mask mandate’ after CDC director warned of ‘impending doom’

President Joe Biden’s senior coronavirus advisor Andy Slavitt knocked governors out for ignoring the president’s plea to restore mask mandates as Alabama announced it would go ahead and let the state expire.

“I think the governors know better. I think the governors know they are not helping the cause, ”Slavitt said on CNN on Tuesday. “To me, a mask seems like a very small price to pay to protect human lives, to save human lives.”

Alabama government Kay Ivey was firm in its decision to expire the mask mandate on April 9, with a spokesperson telling the Associated Press on Monday that “ we are moving towards personal responsibility and sanity, not endless government mandates. ” .

Senior coronavirus advisor Andy Slavitt knocked on governors for ignoring president's plea to restore mask mandates as Alabama announced it would go ahead and let state expire

Senior coronavirus advisor Andy Slavitt knocked on governors for ignoring president’s plea to restore mask mandates as Alabama announced it would go ahead and let state expire

President Joe Biden

President Joe Biden

Alabama Gov.  Kay Ivey

Alabama Gov.  Kay Ivey

President Joe Biden (left) pleaded with governors on Monday to restore their mask mandates. Shortly afterward, Alabama government spokesman Kay Ivey (right) said the state’s mask mandate would expire in early April.

Earlier Monday, in a short speech, Biden had implored state officials to keep mask mandates in place and roll them back to states where they had already been disbanded.

“I repeat my call to every governor, mayor and local leader to restore the mask mandate,” Biden said. “Please, this isn’t politics.”

Six states with mask mandates – Iowa, Mississippi, Montana, North Dakota, Texas, and Wyoming – have already lifted them.

Then there are states like Florida and Georgia, run by Republican governors, who don’t have a statewide mandate.

Florida mask-free spring break has made national news.

Biden’s question came after Rochelle Walensky, director of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, got emotional during a briefing on Monday when she shared how COVID numbers are creeping up again.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki opposed the claim that governors “ignored” the White House. So far, no governor has reverted to mask mandates, despite the proliferation of COVID-19 cases

“I’m going to pause here, I’m going to lose the script, and I’m going to think about the recurring feeling I have of impending doom,” Walensky said. “We have so much cause for hope, but right now I’m scared.”

On Tuesday, the US registered nearly 70,000 new COVID cases – the highest number in a month.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked on Tuesday if governors “ went their separate ways and ignored your call. ”

There is no indication that governors intend to tighten restrictions again.

“I don’t think we see it that way,” Psaki replied. “But I would say one of the ways we can influence people across the country is to recognize that this is difficult.”

“We have been at war with this virus for a long time and to reiterate – as the president did yesterday, as Dr. Walensky did yesterday – that we are still at war with the virus,” added the press secretary.

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