Biden’s Call for Reinstating Mask Mandates Undercut by Evidence from Texas and Michigan

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President Joe Biden, ‪with Vice President Kamala Harris,‬ delivers remarks after a meeting with his COVID-19 Response Team on the coronavirus pandemic and the state of vaccinations at the White House, March 29, 2021. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters)

President Biden, speaking on a day in which his CDC director voiced her sense of “impending doom” over the uptick in COVID-19 cases in the United States, said, “I’m reiterating my call for every governor, mayor, and local leader to maintain and reinstate the mask mandate. Please, this is not politics. Reinstate the mandate if you let it down.”

The assumption here follows a convenient narrative about COVID-19: We were doing great until states started lifting mask mandates, and suddenly, whamo, we’re seeing more coronavirus. 

But the experience of Texas and Michigan undercut this simple theory. 

Amid much fanfare, Governor Greg Abbott rescinded

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