As the White House faces mounting criticism over its gross unpreparedness as far as COVID-19 testing in the wake of the spread of the milder, but highly transmissible omicron variant, President Joe Biden just took another proverbial slap in the face by a red-state governor.
According to Fox News, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson (R) announced this week that he will not renew the state’s COVID-19 pandemic state of emergency, which has been in effect since March 2020.
The governor explained that the best way to prevent serious illness from the virus is to get a vaccine, and noted that by now, states and local leaders have a much better grasp on handling outbreaks, which led to his decision to cancel the emergency order.
The order officially expired at midnight on Dec. 21 of 2021.
Touting the vaccine
Parson emphasized that those who worry about contracting the virus who might be at risk for serious adverse reactions should get vaccinated, as data has shown that while vaccinated people can still catch the virus, it at least boosts the odds of a person not ending up on a ventilator.
“Thanks to the effectiveness of the vaccine, widespread efforts to mitigate the virus, and our committed health care professionals, past needs to continue the state of emergency are no longer present,” Parson said.
The Republican governor went on to tout his handling of the pandemic, reminding residents of the state that they were never subjected to lockdowns and mandates like much of the rest of the country.
“In Missouri, we never had mandates or forced lockdowns,” Parson said. “The main focus of our state of emergency was to provide regulatory flexibility to support and assist Missourians, health care facilities, and businesses and coordinate a COVID-19 response that saved lives and livelihoods.”
He added: “The State stands ready to provide assistance and response, but there is no longer a need for a state of emergency.”
Parson’s announcement comes at a time when the White House, Democrats in Congress, and the left’s media allies continue to fearmonger constituents and viewers into believing that the omicron variant is worrisome, even though emerging data suggests that that’s far from the case, as The Hill reported.
His decision also comes at a time when several other states — Democrat-led, of course — are declaring new states of emergency, with Delaware being the most recent state to do so.
Delaware Gov. John Carney (D) said the order will allow the state’s National Guard to bolster hospital staffers in anticipation of a “winter surge of COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations.”