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Texas Governor Announces End Of Mask Mandate: ‘Time To Open Texas 100%’

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott

On Tuesday afternoon, Texas Governor Greg Abbott (R) announced that he is signing an executive order that would end the statewide mask mandate and allow for the full reopening of all businesses.

“Too many Texans have been sidelined from employment opportunities,” Abbott said. “Too many small business owners have struggled to pay their bills. This must end. It is now time to open Texas 100%.”

“So today, I’m issuing a new executive order that rescinds most of the earlier executive orders,” Abbott continued. “Effective next Wednesday, all businesses of any type are allowed to open 100%. That includes any type of entity in Texas. Also, I’m ending the statewide mask mandate.”

“Today’s announcement does not abandon the safe practices that Texans have mastered over the past year,” Abbott said. “Instead, it’s a reminder that each person has their own role to play in their own personal safety as well as in the safety of others. It’s a reminder that individual safety is managed every day as a matter of personal responsibility rather than by government mandate. Individual responsibility is a corollary to individual freedom, we can have both.”

Abbott went on to explain that by next Wednesday about 7 million vaccines will have been administered, with a prioritization on those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19.

“By next Wednesday, over half of our seniors will have received a vaccine shot and by the end of this month, every senior who wants a vaccine shot will be able to get a vaccine shot,” Abbott added. “To help this effort I have already announced a statewide program called Save Our Seniors, along with that I deployed more than 1,100 national guard to assist local organizations to help our seniors get the shots they need. These efforts should ensure that we keep hospitalizations low in Texas. Importantly, the number of vaccines will continue to increase rapidly with additional supplies of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines as well as the new vaccine that’s come out by Johnson & Johnson, which is a one-shot vaccine, that Texas began administering today.”

“The vaccine supply is increasing so rapidly, Texas will soon expand the categories of people who are able to get them and some medical professionals say that within a few months, every Texan who wants a vaccine shot will be able to get a vaccine shot,” Abbott said.

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  1. W. Rhea

    March 3, 2021 at 9:53 am

    Good for Abbott, he and a few others are finally allowing the people to unleash their frustrations with a virus which is 99.4% survivable. The flu is perhaps worse and more wide spread and deadly.

  2. catalina

    March 3, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Smart decision, Insane to keep this lie going. The reporting was political and money related. Covid will always be here like the flu is herd immunity only way Trump was right from the beginning.

  3. Rose DuVall

    March 3, 2021 at 12:47 pm

    I live in Arkansas, and I am praying our State will follow in this refreshing news. So many ordinary citizens (that are not front line workers) have been neglected in this whole shut down exercise. Covid-19, if you look at the recovery numbers, is no more deadly than the average annual flu. A great portion of our citizens do not get a flu shot every year, yet this flu has been deemed a death sentence by those who are using this virus as a political control issue, and used it to manipulate voters. Never in the history of mankind has an entire globe been shut down because of a virus that does not kill everyone who contracts it. This is definitely a control issue, not a health issue. Biden is a fool if he thinks we can endure his mandates for another year with no Churches, no schools, no non-essential businesses, no dining inside restaurants, no normalcy. His policies are trying to create a New World Order.
    The people of this country have had enough! Open up the country!

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Biden Says He Doesn’t Think COVID Is ‘Here To Stay’

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On Friday, President Biden said he doesn’t think that COVID-19 is here to stay, but added that he does think the virus will remain around the world.

“No, I don’t think COVID is here to stay, but having COVID in the environment here and in the world is probably here to stay,” Biden told reporters at the White House.
“COVID as we’re dealing with it now is not here to stay, the normal doesn’t have to be. We have so many more tools we developed and we continue to develop that can contain COVID and other strains of COVID,” he added.

Biden’s comments come shortly after six of his former health advisers, who helped him with the COVID-19 pandemic during his presidential transition, published three opinion articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association urging Biden to change his strategy in responding to COVID-19 to one accepting that the virus was here to stay and learning how to live with it.

“They say the first thing the administration needs to do is take a broader vision, by recognizing that Covid-19 is here to stay. In one article, Dr. Emanuel and two co-authors — Michael T. Osterholm, an epidemiologist at the University of Minnesota, and Dr. Celine Gounder, an infectious disease expert at New York University — pointedly note that in July, Mr. Biden proclaimed that ‘we’ve gained the upper hand against this virus,’ which in retrospect was clearly not the case,” The New York Times reported.

Biden’s comments suggest he has not yet listened to the advice of these experts, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has worsened to reaching over 1 million new daily cases.

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Former COVID Advisory Board tells Biden corona now ‘one of several circulating respiratory virus’ like flu

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Doctors who once advised President Biden on how to handle the coronavirus are now telling him to change his strategy via a series of published articles in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

The six doctors, Drs. Ezekiel Emanuel, Michael Osterholm, Celine Gounder, David Michaels, Rick Bright and Luciana Borio were members of the advisory board that worked with Biden during his transition period before taking office.

“As the omicron variant of SARS-CoV-2 demonstrates, COVID-19 is here to stay” and therefore Biden’s national strategy must be “updated.”

“The goal for the ‘new normal’ with COVID-19 does not include eradication or elimination, eg, the ‘zero COVID’ strategy. Neither COVID-19 vaccination nor infection appears to confer lifelong immunity,” they wrote.

“Current vaccines do not offer sterilizing immunity against SARS-CoV-2 infection. Infectious diseases cannot be eradicated when there is limited long-term immunity following infection or vaccination or nonhuman reservoirs of infection.”

The “new normal,” they explained, should be “recognizing that SARS-CoV-2 is but one of several circulating respiratory viruses that include influenza, respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), and more.”

The doctors also pointed out there are many treatments with varying levels of effectiveness such as remdesevir and dexamethasone, monoclonal antibody treatment, and oral treatments like Molnupiravir and Paxlovid.

“Finally,” Fox News reports, they said it is imperative “to rebuild trust in public health institutions and a belief in collective action in service of public health.”

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