Just weeks after instructing federal workers to be vaccinated or to undergo rigorous veil testing and protocols, the US president signed a new executive order. This time, it requires the vaccination of all executive staff and contractors who do business with the federal government. Agency AP and the web ABC News said a source familiar with the situation.
According to Biden, employees of all private companies with at least 100 people working should also be vaccinated. If employees of these companies refuse to be vaccinated, they should provide a negative test for coronavirus at least once a week. According to the BBC, the regulation could cover 80 million workers.
Vaccination will also be compulsory for around 17 million workers in healthcare facilities. In total, the new rules will affect the lives of nearly 100 million Americans. “It’s not about freedom or personal choice, but about protecting yourself and your surroundings,” the president said.
In a speech from the White House on Thursday, Biden criticized tens of millions of Americans who, despite several months of vaccine availability, have not yet been vaccinated. “We were patient. But our patience is gone. Your rejection has cost us all a lot. An unvaccinated minority can cause and also cause great damage, “said Biden.
In a speech to the nation, Biden outlined a plan for the United States to combat the latest wave of new cases and the stagnant rate of vaccination. In total, the strategy should focus on six areas. He also announced that the White House has secured concessions from retailers to sell home test kits at an affordable price starting this week.
It is not yet clear whether Biden’s order also applies to workers or contractors who benefit from religious or medical exceptions to vaccination. Although the Biden administration has run a large-scale campaign urging Americans to get vaccinated, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), only 62 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated.
CDC on Wednesday informedthat more than 208 million people are vaccinated in the country, of which more than 177 million have completed vaccination. In recent weeks, however, daily increases in confirmed cases have increased and the average daily balance now stands at 140,000 infections and thousands of deaths.
Compared to the same period last year, there are now three times more new cases of coronavirus infection in the USA every day. The number of deaths from covid-19 is almost double compared to last year. To date, approximately 80 million Americans remain unvaccinated.
After months of promotions trying to increase vaccination coverage, Biden has taken a much tougher approach, writes AP. Biden has accused unvaccinated Americans of a sharp rise in cases that kill more than 1,000 people a day.
In addition to vaccination requirements, Biden proposed doubling federal fines for passengers who violate regulations requiring the wearing of veils on airplanes, trains, and other means of public transportation to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Those who are caught for the first time without a veil face a fine of $ 500 to $ 1,000 (CZK 10,750 to $ 21,500). If caught again, the fine can range from $ 1,000 to $ 3,000 ($ 21,500 to $ 64,500).
According to the AP agency, the most new cases are among the unvaccinated population, but if they are infected and vaccinated, the course is not so serious. In addition, due to the delta mutation, the authorities are trying to push for vaccination with the third dose of mRNA vaccines.
Biden has already said that the third dose should be available in the second half of September. At that time, however, only Pfizer will probably be able to obtain permission, as Moderna still has to supply the necessary data.