Dr. Fauci shames the Texas governor for opening the state and removing the mask mandate, leaving people to decide for themselves what is safe or not.

Fauci said, "it just is inexplicable why you would want to pull back now."

WATCH Fauci state his case:

NY Post reported:

But Fauci, the president’s science adviser, said Thursday that “now is not the time to pull back” on the public health measures.

“The good news is we have vaccines coming online. You see the curve of infections coming down,” Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe.”

Mississippi Gov. Tate Reeves has ended the state’s mask mandate.AP/Rogelio V. Solis

“But we have reached a bit of plateau where the deflection isn’t going straight down the way it was,” he said, adding, “I would advise the people of Texas and Mississippi to just abide by the public health measures we talk about all the time.”

The top US infectious diseases expert told CNN in a separate interview that the decisions to roll back measures are “inexplicable.”

“I understand the need to want to get back to normality, but you’re only going to set yourself back if you just completely push aside the public health guidelines — particularly when we’re dealing with anywhere from 55 to 70,000 infections per day in the United States,” Fauci told CNN’s Erin Burnett.

When it comes to Texas and Mississippi - that's basically our big experiment to see how things go for them. If it goes well, then we know. If it's a complete disaster, then we know that too and we learn what mistakes were made and how to fix them. Except, the only problem is it could cost people lives.

Everyone wants to get back to normal, but we need to do it step-by-step and make sure we don't screw it all up.

We're all fed up with this, but we can't be making rushed decisions. A lot of us can't stand the sight of Fauci's face, I totally get that, but I also don't feel like rushing anything.

We came this far, lost 500k people, and we need to just be careful.... that's all.

I want a full blast summer on the beach with cold drinks and hot women, so if I need to chill for another month or so - I don't mind.