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Chris Wallace Rips GOP Governor Over Contradictory Stance On Vaccine Mandates

Chris Wallace tore into Gov. Pete Ricketts (R-Neb.) on Sunday for popping out in opposition to necessary COVID-19 vaccination, despite the fact that his state has mandates in place for a number of different vaccines.

“You say it’s a personal choice,” Wallace stated on “Fox News Sunday.” “In fact, to attend school in your state of Nebraska, children must be vaccinated against a number of diseases. … They must be vaccinated against diptheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, measles, mumps and rubella, hepatitis B and chickenpox.”

“Why are those mandates that parents in your state must comply with — and do comply with routinely — why is it that they’re not so objectionable and such a violation of personal freedom, but [President Joe] Biden’s vaccine mandates are?” he requested. 

Ricketts responded that folks “don’t know who to trust right now” and that “we have trust in those other vaccines” as a consequence of their “long history.” 

Wallace identified that the polio vaccine was additionally developed shortly — and that folks “viewed it as a blessing” when it first grew to become accessible — and that the Food and Drug Administration has given full approval to a COVID-19 vaccine. 

Ricketts responded by saying that he’s centered on hospital capability in his state. He additionally stated the vast majority of individuals dying of the coronavirus in Nebraska are senior residents, and that almost all members of that inhabitants have been vaccinated. He claimed COVID-19 didn’t put up a major threat for youthful individuals. 

Biden introduced final week that every one federal staff and contractors might want to get absolutely vaccinated in opposition to COVID-19 within the coming weeks, as will well being care staff at suppliers that obtain federal funding by means of Medicaid and Medicare. The administration can even require all companies with 100 or extra staff to check unvaccinated staff at the very least as soon as every week. 

Ricketts beforehand responded to the brand new rules by saying Biden had “forgotten we live in America; he thinks we live in the Soviet Union.” 

The governor is certainly one of a number of GOP lawmakers who has threatened to sue over Biden’s vaccine necessities.   

Biden responded to such threats in remarks he made Thursday: “Have at it!”

“I’m so disappointed that particularly some Republican governors have been so cavalier with the health of these kids, so cavalier with the health of their communities,” the president stated. “We’re playing for real here. This isn’t a game.”

Check out Wallace’s complete interview with Ricketts within the video clip above. 

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