"The unvaccinated pandemic is a preventable tragedy", warned Biden

The president of the United States, Joe Biden, ordered the mandatory vaccination against the coronavirus to all federal employees, as part of a new initiative to combat the spread of the Delta variant, amid a new spike in infections in the country.

Until now, only health workers employed by the federal government, whose activity involves contact with COVID-19 patients, were required to be immunized. The rest of the workers were recommended to be vaccinated or undergo periodic tests.

The White House said that “the Department of Labor will require that all employers with 100 workers or more ensure that their workforce is fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week.” These are companies that employ more than 80 million workers.

Meanwhile, Biden’s press secretary, Jen Psaki, told CNN this morning that the president will push to increase vaccines and tests, although he specified that he has limited powers and there is no plan to implement a national vaccination passport. .

“It is about reducing hospitalizations, conducting more tests and putting in place more protections in the form of reinforcements to make sure that people have a higher level of protection than the current one,” he explained.

In turn, Biden himself published a message on his networks in favor of the vaccination campaign: “The pandemic of the unvaccinated is a preventable tragedy. People are dying and will die of covid-19 when it should not happen. . If you haven’t been vaccinated, do so now. It could save your life and that of your loved ones. “

On various occasions, the US president has acknowledged his frustration that nearly 80 million Americans remain unvaccinated despite the vaccine being “safe, effective, and free.”

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 53.3 percent of Americans have received the full schedule of covid-19 vaccines, including 62.4 percent of those over 12 years old,

However, the regional distribution is highly uneven, and in southern states such as Alabama, Louisiana, and Mississippi, vaccination levels are much lower.

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The expansion of the delta variant has returned a gloomy outlook to the country with the most deaths from covid-19 in the world, whose daily average number of cases exceeded 150,000 again last week for the first time since January, which has saturated hospitals and caused more than a thousand deaths every day.

The image of Joe Biden

The announcement of the new plan against the new wave comes as Biden’s popularity has waned, following the traumatic departure of the US military from Afghanistan.

The president’s overall approval rating is below 50 percent for the first time in his presidency: only 44 percent approve of his performance, according to the latest poll by the Washington Post-ABC News.

Although the initial success of his government in the distribution of vaccines and the promotion of the use of the mask impelled the Democratic leader, who made the country an example of the fight against the pandemic, after the criticized management of his predecessor, the Republican Donald Trump, the appearance of the delta variant changed the scene.

The delta variant, much more contagious than the others, caused an explosion of cases during the boreal summer, with hospitals once again overflowing with the sick and dying.

This setback once again generated uncertainty in the economic recovery and in other aspects of its management, which is why the White House intends a coup.

“As the president has said from day one, his administration will do everything possible to control the pandemic,” said an executive officer, on condition of anonymity.

Although the national administration distributed free vaccines throughout the country, state governments, especially Republicans in Texas and Florida, have resisted enforcing the mandatory use of the mask, while large swaths of their population refuse to be vaccinated, even when the cases skyrocket.

Consequently, Biden and his supporters have begun calling the current wave of the virus the “pandemic of the unvaccinated.”


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