Texas governor bans Covid vaccine mandates

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott banned state and local governments from making Covid vaccines mandatory, despite the FDA's approval of Pfizer's shot and the state's wide array of existing mandatory vaccinations.

Nine counties, dozens of school districts and the city of El Paso have defied the Abbott mask mandate ban, and some of the state's most populous counties have asked for court orders to overturn or block enforcement of the ban. On Wednesday, Dallas County became the latest to obtain a court order blocking enforcement. …

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services reported 79% of the 85,874 Texas intensive-care unit beds are full, about 30% of them with COVID-19 cases. Overall COVID-19 hospitalizations were a record 14,255 Wednesday, beating the Jan. 11 record of 14,218 reported by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Death cult. Anyone who thought FDA approval of Covid vaccines would change the politics for conservatives can now unburden themselves of this misapprehension.