“Our patience is running out”: US President Joe Biden announced tonight (Thursday-Friday) the most comprehensive plan to eradicate corona virus in the country to date. The president has unveiled his plan as part of efforts to stem the tide of the disease, which would impose a vaccination obligation on some 100 million Americans – about two-thirds of the country’s workforce. The program will require employers with more than 100 employees to make sure their employees are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis, and civil servants will be required to be vaccinated – with no option to present tests as an alternative.
“Many of us are frustrated by the 80 million or so Americans who have not been vaccinated – even though the vaccine is safe, effective and free,” Biden said, rebuking the sections of the public who have refused to vaccinate to date. “What are you waiting for? What else do you need to see? We were patient but our patience expires and your refusal is costly to all of us. Please do the right thing.”
According to the strategy presented by Biden, the U.S. Department of Labor will begin a program that will require every employer with more than 100 employees to make sure all of its employees are vaccinated or tested on a weekly basis. This move will affect more than 80 million private sector workers. Companies that do not cooperate may be fined up to $ 14,000.
“Bottom line: protect the vaccinated from the unvaccinated,” Biden explained. It was also decided that the administration would oblige all employees of the health system with government support to be vaccinated – a valid provision for about 17 million employees. In addition, Biden signed a presidential decree requiring the immunization of all government employees – with no option to conduct inspections as an alternative.
The dramatic move drew immediate criticism from members of the Republican Party. “It’s not the job of the administration to dictate to private businesses what to do,” said Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. Biden’s steps come after public support for him dropped below 50 percent in U.S. public opinion polls.
To date, some 208 million Americans have received the first dose of the vaccine, and 177 million have received two doses. The number of daily diagnoses with Corona has soared in recent weeks – and stands at an average daily of about 140,000 new cases a day, with 1,000 new deaths every day.