White House says Texas order barring vaccine mandates is about politics, not science

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FILE PHOTO: Texas Governor Greg Abbott speaks at the annual NRA convention in Dallas, Texas

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Tuesday that Texas Governor Greg Abbott's executive order barring employers and others from imposing a COVID-19 vaccine mandate is out of step with businesses in the state.

Abbott, responding to what he called "bullying" by President Joe Biden's administration, on https://www.reuters.com/world/us/texas-governor-bars-all-vaccine-mandates-state-2021-10-11Monday prohibited all COVID-19 vaccine mandates in the state by any entity, including private employers.

Psaki said Abbott's decision was motivated by politics, not science.

"When you make a choice that's against all public health information and data out there, then it's not based on what is in the interest of the people you are governing," she said.

(Reporting By Trevor Hunnicutt and Jarrett RenshawEditing by Chris Reese and Mark Heinrich)

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