Sunday, October 24, 2021

Biden to announce even more COVID-19 measures this week: Surgeon General

US Surgeon General Vivek Murthy said President Joe Biden will announce more COVID-19 measures ahead of the UN General Assembly meeting this week.

Speaking to CNN on Sunday, Murthy did not say what new measures would be announced by Biden.

Last week, the president issued several executive orders stipulating that federal contractors, federal employees and most health workers in the United States receive the COVID-19 vaccine. A White House plan also said it would direct the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, or OSHA, to require employers with 100 or more workers to either get the vaccine, require weekly COVID-19 testing, or be fined .

Biden’s announcement on the mandate, which will affect an estimated 80 million private sector workers, drew significant criticism from Republican governors and some business leaders. It is likely that several cases will be registered against the order.

But during a CNN interview, Murthy defended the president’s announcement and mandate to attempt to increase vaccinations.

“There will be more actions that we will continue to work on, especially on the global front,” he said.

The next session of the UN General Assembly begins Tuesday, September 14 in New York City, and the first day of the general debate begins next week. It is not clear why Murthy linked the new COVID-19 measures with the UN meeting.

“What the President and all of us, as public health leaders, have said in the early stages of this pandemic is that we have to use every level of government, and all of us in the private sector, to deal with this virus. Every effort has to be made. , ” Murthy also said. “The requirements announced by the President are an example of that.”

In a separate interview with ABC News, Murthy defended the mandate, saying that when private companies like Tyson Foods made vaccines a requirement, it increased the US vaccination rate.

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“We know that these types of requirements really work to improve our vaccination rates,” Murthy said. “Tyson Foods, for example, which recently rolled out a vaccine requirement, has seen its vaccination rate jump from 45 percent to more than 70 percent in a very short period of time and they are still on their deadline. are not.”

But Republicans said they would file a lawsuit against the mandate if handed down by the federal government. He described the ensuing rules as harsh and designed to further divide Americans.

“I’m talking to my attorney general, he’s coordinating with other attorneys general around the country who share similar views about overreach,” Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts told Fox News on Sunday.

“As we look at what these rules are, we will know how we will be able to challenge them in court. I am talking to my colleagues across the country as well as other governors who feel like me, and we will work on other strategies,” he said.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson told CNN on Sunday that the vaccine mandate “[harden] resistance” that some individuals have to vaccinate.

“I’m trying to get over [vaccine] resistance, but the actions of the President in a mandate harden the resistance,” he said.

Other governors suggested they would follow suit.

“I will pursue every legal option available to the state of Georgia to stop this clearly unlawful encroachment by the Biden administration,” Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp wrote last week. Meanwhile, Greg Abbott of Texas Gov. called the rule an “attack on private businesses,” adding that “Texas is already working to prevent this power grab.”

The Epoch Times has contacted the White House for additional comment.

Jack Phillips

senior reporter

Jack Phillips is a reporter at The Epoch Times in New York City.

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