“Against all available public health information and data”


White House press secretary Jen Psaki criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and other GOP leaders who opposed the presidential executive order establishing Covid-19 vaccination warrants for many companies and others,

From behind the White House podium, Ms Psaki directly accused Mr Abbott of putting politics ahead of the health of his own state’s residents with his executive order banning private companies from enforcing vaccination warrants in Texas.

“I think it’s pretty clear that when you make a choice that goes against all the public health information and data, that it’s not based on what’s in the best interests of the people that you are rule, maybe it is in the interest of your own policy, ”she said Tuesday.

Ms Psaki went on to say that the actions taken by Mr Abbott and Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, which threatened to punish towns and municipalities that enforce vaccination mandates, “fit into a familiar pattern” of “put politics before public health”.

The White House stood firm during Tuesday’s press conference on the full steam ahead of the president’s plan to require every company with 100 or more employees to vaccinate its employees or pass regular Covid-19 tests; the plan has been heavily criticized by Republicans who for months resisted the most enforceable public health initiatives to tackle the virus, ranging from mask warrants to non-essential business closures.

The United States remains the country with the most confirmed cases and deaths of Covid-19, and the Delta variant continues to rage across the country, especially in areas where vaccination rates are below the national average .

Texas is seeing its rate of new Covid-19 cases drop after an increase in September brought the state back to high infection rates not seen since the first major increase in winter 2020-2021.

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