Texas Governor Greg Abbott has issued an executive order banning the “by any institution” vaccine mandate in his state.
In a move that would seek to counter the need for individuals such as universities or private companies to have a job to study or work there, the governor claimed that he believed that The vaccine was “safe and effective” against COVID.
This, he said, was the state’s “best defense against the virus”.
But he said the decision to get vaccinated or not should be voluntary “and never forced”.
The move sets Mr Abbott up for a confrontation with Joe Biden, who last week called on all employers with more than 100 employees to conduct weekly tests for the virus for workers in the month.
Mr Biden has said at this stage, the pandemic is a crisis without vaccination, indicating that the vast majority of people who have died from the virus are people who have not received the vaccine.
Many millions of Americans still haven’t found jobs, often people living in Republican-controlled states.
Texas is 29 out of 50 when measured by the percentage of individual states that have received the vaccine. in present, only 52 percent There have been two shots of the vaccine recommended by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC).
Yet it is 9 out of 50 – just one place behind Florida, which is also Republican-controlled – when it comes to the largest number of virus deaths.
“In yet another example of the federal government, the Biden administration is now threatening multiple private entities to enforce COVID-19 vaccine mandates, leading to workforce disruptions that keep Texas from continuing to suffer from the COVID-19 disaster.” Recovery is in danger,” Mr. Abbott said in his order.
In August Abbott issued an earlier order prohibiting vaccine mandates by any state government entity or entities receiving public funding.
The latest one clearly goes further and prepares Texas for a showdown with the federal government, which Mr Abbott may see as his political advantage.
Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Greg Abbott