The president of the United States, Joe Biden, was “frustrated” on Thursday with the 80 million people in the country who have not been vaccinated against Covid-19, and warned that group that their patience “is running out.” He announced that the Department of Labor will publish an emergency rule that will oblige all companies with 100 or more employees to ensure that they are vaccinated with the full schedule or show a negative test result at least once a week.
In addition, the president signed a decree that establishes a vaccination mandate for federal employees and government contractors, who until now had the option not to be vaccinated if they underwent Covid-19 tests on a regular basis.
He assured that his new mandates will affect 100 million workers, two-thirds of the country’s workforce. Biden spoke like this during a speech at the White House, in which he announced the mandatory vaccination against Covid-19 of all federal government employees, a total of 2.1 million people, among other measures to contain the spike in infections in the country.
“Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who have not yet been vaccinated,” the president said.
He added that, although the unvaccinated are equivalent to approximately 25% of Americans who meet the requirements to be inoculated against Covid-19, in a country “as large” as the US, such a minority “can do a lot of damage,” and they are.
Biden directly asked those who refuse to get vaccinated “what else do you need to see” to trust that vaccines are safe, and regretted that his reluctance is multiplying hospitalizations and deaths from the delta variant of the coronavirus in the country. “We have been patient, but our patience is running out, and his refusal (to be vaccinated) has had costs for everyone,” he said.
In front of the governors
Biden also vowed to stand up to Republican governors and politicians who have tried to ban mask or vaccine mandates from schools, stating that he will take care of “get them out of the way” if they refuse to cooperate with your strategy.
53.3% of Americans have received the full schedule of vaccines against Covid-19, including 62.4% of those over 12 years of age, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, en English).
However, the regional distribution is highly uneven, with special concern in the southern United States, in states such as Alabama, Louisiana or Mississippi, where vaccination levels are much lower.
The expansion of the delta variant has returned a gloomy outlook to the United States, the country with the most deaths from Covid-19 in the world, whose daily average number of cases again exceeded 150,000 last week for the first time since January, which it has saturated hospitals and causes more than a thousand deaths every day.
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