President Joe Biden on Thursday announced a series of new initiatives meant to stop the spread COVID-19, including a stricter vaccination requirement for federal employees.
His speech at the White House came after his administration released a plan to address the rise of the Delta coronavirus variant. “Many of us are frustrated with the nearly 80 million Americans who are still not vaccinated,” Biden said at the beginning of his speech.
“This is a pandemic of the unvaccinated.” “And to make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19,” he added. “This is totally unacceptable.” “This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden said. “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you.”
“Get vaccinated,” Biden whispered into his microphone as he ended his speech. The president signed an executive order mandating federal employees and contractors of federal agencies to get vaccinated without being able to opt-out and get regular testing instead,
which is more stringent than a requirement announced in June that allowed for weekly testing. The new mandate also comes after the US military required service members to get vaccinated. READ MORE