US President Joe Biden announced new federal regulations on Delta variants and increased vaccination – Photo: REUTERS
According to CNN, this regulation is intended to increase the rate of COVID-19 vaccination to protect people against the Delta variant, which is the predominant variant in the US and is killing thousands of people every week in this country.
In a speech at the White House on the evening of September 9, US President Joe Biden criticized about 80 million people who have not been vaccinated, even though vaccines are an effective tool to protect against the virus.
Mr. Biden asserted: “We’ve been very patient lately, but we’re running out of patience. People who don’t get vaccinated are making everyone pay.”
Although the epidemic situation in the US is much better than when Mr. Biden began his term in the White House, he acknowledged: “We are in a difficult time and it could last a while.”
Mr. Biden outlined a six-pronged strategy to deal with Delta variant including: (1) vaccinating those who have not been vaccinated, (2) increasing protection for those who have been vaccinated, (3) safe schools. , (4) increase testing and mask wearing requirements, (5) protect the economy, and (6) improve care for COVID-19 patients.
Under the new rules, companies with more than 100 employees must require employees to be vaccinated or tested for COVID-19 weekly. About 80 million Americans fall into this category.
Biden will also sign an executive order that will force several million federal employees and those who work with federal government agencies to be vaccinated, not choose to be tested.
In addition, to ensure safe schools, about 300,000 teachers in federal programs are also required to be vaccinated. Mr. Biden urged governors to require teachers and school staff to be vaccinated.
In addition to the vaccination rule, Biden also doubled the federal fines for passengers who refuse to wear masks on planes, or who come to work at federal buildings.
Despite an abundant supply of COVID-19 vaccines, as of September 8, only about 75% of American adults had received at least one dose of the vaccine and 64.4% had been fully vaccinated, according to data from China. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
According to data from Johns Hopkins University, the number of COVID-19 infections on Labor Day in the US (first Monday of September, this year is September 6), increased by 316% compared to this day last year.
Daily deaths are nearly twice as high and hospitalizations are 158% higher, according to data from the Department of Health and Human Services.
However, Mr. Biden’s strong measures were also criticized as undermines efforts to encourage voluntary vaccination, reducing public comfort in vaccination.