White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday accused Republican Govs. Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida of “taking steps that prevent the saving of lives” with their opposition to vaccine mandates in their states.
“Governor Abbott’s executive order banning vaccine mandates – and I would also note the announcement by Governor DeSantis this morning, essentially banning the implementation of mandates – fit a familiar pattern that we’ve seen of putting politics ahead of public health,” Pskais said during the daily White House briefing.
“Over 700,000 American lives have been lost to COVID-19, including more than 56,000 in Florida and over 68,000 in Texas,” Psaki added. “Every leader should be focused on supporting efforts to save lives and end the pandemic. Why would you be taking steps that prevent the saving of lives, that make it more difficult to save lives across the country or in any state.”
Psaki’s remarks came in repose to an executive order issued by Abbott in Texas which bans “any entity” in the state from enforcing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate and DeSantis’ announced preparedness to defend workers who are fired from their jobs