President Biden unleashed federal powers yesterday on multiple fronts against the latest COVID-19 wave, including a vaccine mandate for 100 million Americans.
The new rule requires the 80 million workers for employers with 100+ staff to be vaccinated or tested weekly; it also applies to federal workers and contractors as well as the 17 million workers at health facilities that receive Medicare or Medicaid funds, the AP reports.
His target: 80 million unvaccinated Americans.
“We’ve been patient,” Biden said. “But our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us.”
Compared with this time last year, the US is currently enduring:
- 3X the number of new infections per day
- 2.5X more hospitalizations
- Almost 2X more deaths
Other plan highlights:
- At-home tests will be sold at cost for 3 months at major retailers, according to CIDRAP.
- Fines for mask refusers on planes will double, reaching up to $3,000 for second time offenders, PBS NewsHour reports.
- Nearly 300,000 educators in the federal Head Start Program and at 200+ federally run schools are also required to be vaccinated, according to The New York Times.
Wait for it: Republican leaders vowed to sue the administration to stop what they say are undue restrictions on personal liberty, The Washington Post reports.
The Health 202: Biden is poised to propose a global vaccination summit – The Washington Post
How “Micromanagement and Distrust” Hobbled Biden's Global Vaccination Push – Vanity Fair