BREAKING NEWS: Biden will force ALL federal workers to be vaccinated with NO testing options and tell Americans it’s the ‘only way’ to get back to normal in COVID speech today, report claims
- President Joe Biden will require all federal workers to be vaccinated, a part of a series of new mandates he’ll push in a major speech on the COVID pandemic
- Workers will not be given the option of testing out, CNN reported
- ‘What we’ve seen work over the past couple months are mandates, requirements,’ Jen Psaki told MSNBC’s Morning Joe
- ‘We’ve seen it work and we’ve seen it become more popular,’ she noted
- Biden’s remarks come as COVID cases continue to rise due to Delta variant
- He will address six areas where his administration can push for more Americans to get vaccinated
- Speech is scheduled for 5 p.m. ET
President Joe Biden will require all of the roughly 2.1million federal workers to be vaccinated as part of a series of new mandates he’ll push in a major speech on the COVID pandemic Thursday.
In his remarks, Biden will announce he’ll sign an executive order requiring that federal workers get vaccinated with no option of being regularly tested to opt out of the requirement, CNN reported, citing a source with knowledge of the plans.
He’ll also sign an executive order giving the same requirement to federal contactors.
The president is putting more pressure on states, businesses and schools to get people vaccinated as the Delta variant causes the case rate to continue to rise in the United States.
But Republican-led states including Texas and Florida have pushed back and are in the process of trying to ban the orders being imposed.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated in interviews on Thursday morning that more mandates were coming.
‘What we’ve seen work over the past couple months are mandates, requirements, making it so workers in the federal government or others have to get vaccinated. We’ve seen it work and we’ve seen it become more popular,’ Psaki said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Thursday morning.
‘He’s going to speak directly to vaccinated people and their frustrations and he wants them to hear how we’re going to build on what we’ve done to date to get the virus under control,’ she said.
President Joe Biden will require all federal workers to be vaccinated, a part of a series of new mandates he’ll push in a major speech on the COVID pandemic
White House press secretary Jen Psaki indicated in interviews on Thursday morning that more mandates were coming
There have now been more than 40 million cases of COVID recorded among Americans, which is nearly one-fifth of the global total of cases.
Biden, in his remarks scheduled for 5 p.m. ET time, will address six areas where his administration can push for more Americans to get vaccinated: that includes new plans to get more people vaccinated, enhancing protection for those who already have had shots, keeping schools open, increasing testing and mask-wearing, protecting the economic recovery and improving healthcare.
Specific details have not been released by administration officials told The New York Times that it will include new federal requirements for vaccination.
President Biden and administration officials have repeatedly emphasized the best way for life to return to normal is for people to get vaccinated.
About 27 per cent of the eligible U.S. population age 12 and older have not received any COVID vaccine, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile about 75 per cent of Americans have received at least one shot and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated.
Dr. Anthony Fauci said Americans are getting infected with COVID at 10 times the rate needed to end the pandemic.
‘We’re still in pandemic mode, because we have 160,000 new infections a day,’ Fauci told Axios. ‘That’s not even modestly good control.’
‘In a country of our size, you can’t be hanging around and having 100,000 infections a day,’ he continued. ‘You’ve got to get well below 10,000 before you start feeling comfortable.’
About 75 per cent of Americans have received at least one shot and 53 per cent are fully vaccinated
The vaccination rate among Americans has increased since July, which is when the Delta variant caused case rates to spike, but it remains low in Southern states like Florida and Texas.
Biden will also address the divide between the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
‘He also will acknowledge the fact that the 175 million people who are vaccinated out there, many of them are frustrated. They want to go back to normal. Of course they do. That’s going to require moving more unvaccinated people to a vaccinated status. That’s what he’ll talk about,’ Psaki told CNN on Thursday morning.
In his remarks, Biden also will seek to return his focus to the COVID pandemic, resetting the narrative after the difficult evacuation of Americans from Afghanistan and from Democratic in-fighting on Capitol Hill over his $3.5 trillion budget filled with social programs.
The Biden administration has already taken steps to try and stop Republican-led states from rolling back COVID mandates.
Last month, the Education Department announced a civil rights investigations into five states that banned schools from imposing mask mandates, claiming their stance could discriminate against students with disabilities or health problems.
Education chiefs in Iowa, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, and Utah have been told they are under investigation.
‘It’s simply unacceptable that state leaders are putting politics over the health and education of the students they took an oath to serve,’ said Education Secretary Miguel Cardona.
‘The department will fight to protect every student’s right to access in-person learning safely.’
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