It's an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American. It's such a shame to squander that blessing. — President Joe Biden
It's an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American. It's such a shame to squander that blessing. — President Joe Biden
Biden unveils federal worker vaccine requirement as he strikes a 'brick wall' convincing unvaccinated Americans to get the shot
"This is an American tragedy," Biden said in a stern, 30-minute speech from the East Room on Thursday. "People are dying, and will die, who don't have to die."

Instead of merely asking Americans to get vaccinated, the President on Thursday took his first steps toward ordering it. In his remarks, Biden announced that all federal employees must attest to being vaccinated against Covid-19 or face strict protocols including regular testing, masking, limits on official travel and other mitigation measures. Contractors working for the federal government will also be subject to the new rules.

It's not a mandate, officials insist, and most federal employees who do not get vaccinated will not lose their jobs as a result.

Still, the shift toward placing the onus for the current situation on those who have refused to get vaccinated reflects Biden's growing impatience that still-hesitant Americans are prolonging a crisis he said earlier this month was no longer paralyzing the nation.

"I know we hoped this would be a simple straightforward line without problems or new challenges, but that isn't real life," Biden said, his voice conveying vexation at some of the disappearing gains against the virus.

... "It's an American blessing that we have vaccines for each and every American," Biden lamented. "It's such a shame to squander that blessing."


The federal worker directive, which has been under review by the administration for several days, was delivered in sterner terms than Biden has used previously. It marked a sharp strategic shift for the White House as it urgently moves to address the spread of the highly transmissible Delta variant.

Biden's announcement itself was quite broad, with details left to individual agencies to sort out. Officials said it's possible different agencies, and different types of workers, will face different requirements.

But the goal, according to aides, is to render being unvaccinated so burdensome that those who haven't received shots will have little choice other than to get them. It's an approach being tested by leaders in Europe, including France's Emmanuel Macron, who required either proof of vaccination or a negative test at public venues. And some states, including New York, have also said government employees must either prove they've been vaccinated or be tested weekly.
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