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Mississippi governor says his goal 'has never been to get rid of the virus' in defense of his decision to end COVID-19 mask mandate

Posted On: Apr 11, 2021   |   Posted By: Business Insider

Mississippi governor says his goal 'has never been to get rid of the virus' in defense of his decision to end COVID-19 mask mandate

Summary List Placement Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves, a Republican, in an interview Sunday defended his decision to roll back the state's mask requirement even as public health officials warn such actions are premature .
"The numbers don't justify government intervention at the levels we are seeing in other states," Reeves, who in the said he still encouraged residents to wear masks, said in an interview with Jake Tapper on CNN's "State of the Union."
"Unlike President Biden, who wants to insult Americans and insult Mississippians, I actually trust Mississippians to make good decisions," Reeves added.
Biden on Wednesday criticized leaders in Mississippi and Texas for ending mask mandates , calling the moves "neanderthal thinking.
"I think it's a big mistake," Biden told reporters last week. "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 with which we're able to get vaccines in...

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