On Thursday, President Joe Biden made his most forceful move in the fight against the coronavirus pandemic, ordering sweeping new federal vaccine requirements for as many as 100 million Americans in the hopes of curbing the COVID-19 delta variant surge.
The new mandates entails that all employers with more than 100 workers require them to be vaccinated or tested for the virus weekly, this will affect around 80 million Americans. The roughly 17 million workers at health facilities that receive federal Medicare or Medicaid, will also have to be fully vaccinated. Biden sharply criticized the millions of Americans who are not yet vaccinated, despites the months of availability and incentives.
“We’ve been patient. But our patience is wearing thin, and your refusal has cost all of us,” he said yesterday, adding that the unvaccinated “can cause a lot of damage, and they are.”
Biden announced the new requirements as part of a new “action plan” to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases, but stagnate pace, of COVID-19 shots. Two months ago, Biden had declared, prematurely, the nation’s “independence” from the virus. Today, the U.S. is seeing about 300% more new COVID-19 infections a day, about two-and-a-half times more hospitalizations, and nearly twice the number of deaths compared to the same time last year, according to AP News. This is happening despite more than 208 million Americans having at least one dose of the vaccines.
NYC, NYCTastemakers, LatestNews, Covid19, JoeBiden, Vaccine, WhiteHouse,