Democrat Presidential candidate Joe Biden called for governors in all states to mandate mask-wearing nationwide immediately.
“Let’s institute a mask mandate nationwide, starting immediately,” Joe Biden told reporters in Delaware today.
Biden’s comments came after a briefing with public health experts about the COVID-19 pandemic. Among other things discussed, he said they talked about the distribution of a vaccine and the racial disparities seen in COVID-19 rates.
His main point, though, was this: “Every single American should be wearing a mask when they’re outside for the next three months at a minimum.”
“Every governor should mandate mandatory mask-wearing. The estimates by the experts are it will save over 40,000 lives in the next three months.”
“It’s not about your rights,” Biden said. “It’s about your responsibilities as an American.”
President Trump has given states the room to govern how they best see fit during the COVID-19 pandemic. Biden’s recommendation would place more power in the hands of the federal government rather than in state governments.
“Wearing a mask is going to get our kids back to school sooner and safer,” he said. “Wearing a mask – every American wearing a mask – outdoors is going to get our businesses back and to full strength long term. And we’re going to get our country back on track.”
Biden’s newly-appointed running mate, Kamala Harris, followed his statements with her own support.
“That’s what real leadership looks like,” Harris said. “We just witnessed real leadership.”
Biden and Harris declined to take questions from reporters after their comments.
Yesterday was the pair’s first day campaigning together for the November elections, in which both gave speeches laying the blame for unemployment rates on the Trump administration.
Harris’ speech in particular was filled with misinformation about the affect of COVID-19 on America and the Trump administration’s governance during the pandemic.