WASHINGTON – US President Joe Biden plans on Thursday to order 2.5 million federal workers and contractors to be vaccinated against the coronavirus as part of a new effort to control infectious diseases.
The new order canceled his previous choice of regularly testing workers for the virus instead of vaccinating, as part of Biden’s six-point plan in his White House speech to deal with the surge in delta mutant coronavirus cases and deaths in recent weeks. .
The assistant said the US leader will clarify new efforts to persuade those who have not been vaccinated to get vaccinated, protect those who have been vaccinated through enhanced injections in the next few weeks, keep schools open, increase testing and in some cases The next requirement is to wear a mask to promote economic recovery and improve care. For those infected with COVID-19, the disease is caused by the virus.
With the authorization of vaccinations for federal workers, the White House hopes that companies across the United States will follow suit. Some large companies have required their employees to be vaccinated or fired.
It is unclear whether Biden’s order for federal workers and contractors allows exceptions for those seeking religious or medical exemptions for vaccinations.
The latest surge in the number of coronavirus cases and deaths in the United States has mainly occurred in unvaccinated people, although there have been some breakthrough infections in people who were vaccinated a few months ago.
More than 177 million of the country’s 332 million people have been vaccinated, but the federal health regulatory agency has not approved vaccination for children under 12 years of age.
More than 62% of the population 12 years and older are vaccinated, but approximately 150,000 new cases have been recorded every day in recent weeks, and approximately 1,000 people die every day.
For various reasons—such as believing that they will not be infected with the virus or thinking that no one should be able to ask them to be vaccinated—millions of Americans are still not vaccinated.
Some governors, mainly conservative Republicans, urged their citizens to get vaccinated, but they refused to make vaccinations mandatory or required to wear masks in schools or workplaces. This has led to many political and legal disputes, and some courts are on the side of local officials, hoping to implement coronavirus regulations in their states that the governor opposes.
The number of unvaccinated Americans has skyrocketed, including a growing number of young children who are not eligible to be vaccinated.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, between August 5 and September 2, the number of child cases surged to 750,000.
The latest surge has pushed hospitals and medical staff across the United States to a tipping point, with some intensive care units full of COVID-19 patients.
As the world’s largest economy, the U.S. economy has grown substantially since the worst of the pandemic 18 months ago, but the number of new jobs in the country slowed significantly in August, and Biden blamed it on cases of the new coronavirus. Surge.
Some of the material in this report comes from the Associated Press.