Senator Ted Cruz shared his displeasure after an NBC News health policy analyst said that people who received the COVID-19 vaccine should still wear masks and avoid unnecessary travel.
This week, Dr. Vin Gupta went on MSNBC and suggested that people who received two doses of the vaccine should still wear their face masks while out in public. He also said that they should avoid traveling until everyone in the country is vaccinated.
To this, Cruz shared his sentiments on Twitter, showing he’s not happy about the suggestion. “This is a bizarre, lunatic, totalitarian cult,” the senator said in his tweet. He said the move is not about the vaccine, and mentioned that it is “profoundly anti-science” and is more about the government’s absolute “control of every aspect of our lives.”
This is a bizarre, lunatic, totalitarian cult.
It’s not about vaccines or protecting people’s lives—it is instead profoundly anti-science, and is only focused on absolute govt control of every aspect of our lives. https://t.co/ORSgtJoGLZ
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) December 16, 2020
Rep. Jim Jordan had the same sentiments. With a hint of sarcasm, he said “Now that we have the vaccine, they tell us it’s not going to stop. Freedom!”
First, it was don’t wear a mask.
Then, it was slow the spread.
Then, it was lock everything down.
Then, it was wear a mask.
Then, it was wait for the vaccine.
Now that we have the vaccine, they tell us it’s not going to stop.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) December 15, 2020
Across the country, states have implemented measures to try and stop the spread of the coronavirus. Last Monday, the first doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine has been administered in multiple areas. The rollout of a second batch is currently under discussion. However, experts, including infectious disease expert Dr. Antony Fauci, are still saying that the U.S. is in the midst of a “critical” time as a large surge in cases that may come after the long holiday season.
As of this writing, there have been 16.7 million cases of COVID-19 in the U.S., according to Johns Hopkins University’s COVID-19 Tracking Center. The death toll is currently just under 304,000.