Biden calls it a mistake for states to lift COVID-19 restrictions

President Joe Biden called Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision to end the Texas mask mandate “Neanderthal thinking” on Wednesday. Other states have also begun to relax restrictions.
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Transcript for Biden calls it a mistake for states to lift COVID-19 restrictions
We're going to turn now to the coronavirus here in the U.S. President Biden blasting Texas and Mississippi for lifting mask mandates and all restrictions on businesses, allowing 100% capacity. The president calling it a, quote, big mistake, and, quote,anderthal thinking. Mississippi's governor responding to the president, saying mississippians don't need handlers. Tonight, the race to vaccinate. These time lapse images. This is from inside the javits center here in New York City, getting a supply of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine now, open 24 hours a day, still by appointment. Tonight, more than 52,8,000 people have received at least one dose of the vaccine. More than 20% of adults now. But the debate of course raging over lifting restrictions and ABC's Marcus Moore from Dallas tonight. Reporter: President Biden tonight reacting to news that Texas and Mississippi are lifting all restrictions and mask mandates. I think it's a big mistake. The last thing we need is the neanderthal thinking that in the meantime everything's fine, take off your mask, forget it. Reporter: His public health officials also doubling down, pointing to another uptick in cases and deaths, with variants threatening to, quote, hijack our success. I hit the think it's ill advised. Stamina has worn thin, fatigue is winning. Everyone is empowered to do the right thing here, regardless of what the states decide. Reporter: At least 11 states relaxing restrictions, Texas and Mississippi also lifting their mask mandates, and allowing businesses to fully reopen. Now, in Texas and across the country, we now have vaccines, vaccines to protect Texans from covid. Reporter: But in reality, Texas ranks 48th in administering vaccinations per capita. The average daily deaths here have nearly doubled, and daily cases have increased by 75% over the last ten days. New infections now more than they were when the statewide mask mandate went into effect last July. Since the vaccine isn't readily available, I just really don't feel comfortable putting my staff at risk. Reporter: And while some celebrate -- If you want to wear a mask, you're more than welcome to. Are we going to require any of it? Absolutely not. Reporter: Others are wary. I know everybody is anxious. I'm anxious, but I think a few more weeks, a month, shouldn't hurt anybody. Reporter: Chef Ty Frazier tells me he will keep following CDC guidelines. What happens when the surge goes up and then we have to shut down again? Reporter: Containing the virus crucial, as the race to vaccinate picks up speed. Nine FEMA locations opening around the country today, from Pennsylvania to Florida. And at this one in New York, long lines before doors even opened. The first day they said you got to apply, I did and I got right on. Reporter: And this is what it looked like inside the javits center, now able to open around the clock, that site able to vaccinate 8,000 people a day. I got it, I got it! Reporter: David, in a meeting with the house democratic caucus, the president touted progress that has been made with their help, saying, they have moved from a point where there was very little supply to being able to vaccinate every single adult in this country by the end of may. But David, he added, it will take time to get shots into arms. But reiterating that may timeline now. Marcus Moore, thank you. And tonight, we also have

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