Author: Zeke Miller
Washington (Associated Press)-On Thursday, President Joe Biden is strengthening the COVID-19 vaccine requirements for federal workers and contractors because his goal is to strengthen vaccination and contain the surge of delta variants, which are Zhou killed thousands of people and jeopardized the country’s economic recovery.
According to people familiar with the matter, just a few weeks after he required federal workers to be vaccinated or faced a strict test and mask agreement, Biden will sign a new executive order requiring employees of the executive branch and business dealings with the federal government. Contractors are vaccinated. this matter.
The term came before the president’s speech on Thursday afternoon, which outlined a six-pronged plan to deal with the latest rise in coronavirus cases and the stagnant rate of COVID-19 vaccination.
It is not clear whether Biden’s order includes exceptions for workers or contractors seeking religious or medical exemptions for vaccinations. The person, who asked not to be named, discussed Biden’s plans before they were publicly released.
Biden is also expected to outline plans to increase school virus testing to ensure that schools are safe and open, and take other measures to show that his government is struggling to deal with the alarming rise in COVID-19 cases, which Biden blamed last time. The employment report for a problem month was weaker than expected. He warned that with the expiration of some pandemic safety net protection measures, this surge may further jeopardize the national economy.
Biden encourages the requirement for COVID-19 vaccines in schools, workplaces, and university campuses. The White House hopes that strengthened federal authorization will encourage more companies to follow suit.
The Ministry of Veterans Affairs, the Ministry of Health and Human Services, the Department of Health of India and the National Institutes of Health have previously announced vaccine requirements for most of its staff. The Pentagon took action last month to require all service personnel to be vaccinated.
More than 208 million Americans have received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, and 177 million have been fully vaccinated, but confirmed cases of the virus have surged in recent weeks to an average of approximately 140,000 cases per day, an average of approximately 1,000 according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. , Americans die from the virus every day.
A poll conducted by AP-NORC in August found that 55% of Americans support the requirement that government workers be fully vaccinated, while 21% oppose it.
Most transmissions — and most serious illnesses and deaths — occur in people who have not yet been fully vaccinated with the virus. People who are vaccinated can develop so-called breakthrough infections, but the risk is often much lower.
Federal officials are advancing a plan to start a booster injection of the mRNA vaccine to strengthen protection against the more easily spreading virus delta variant. Last month, Biden announced plans to provide them from September 20th, but by then, only Pfizer vaccine may receive regulatory approval for the third dose. Federal regulators are seeking more data from Moderna, which may delay its booster approval to October.
The officials’ goal is to give a booster injection about eight months after the second dose of the double-dose vaccine.
This story has been corrected as Biden has not yet signed an executive order.