|US President Joe Biden delivers remarks in honour of labour unions in the East Room at the White House in Washington, on Sep 8, 2021. (Photo by= Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)|
[Asia News = Reporter Reakkana] WASHINGTON: President Joe Biden on Thursday (Sep 9) took aim at vaccine resistance in America, announcing policies requiring most federal employees to get COVID-19 vaccines and pushing large employers to have their workers vaccinated or tested weekly, Reuters reported. The new measures, which Biden laid out in remarks from the White House, would apply to about two-thirds of all US employees, those who work for businesses with more than 100 workers.
Taken together, the policies and speech represented Biden's most aggressive steps yet to prod Americans resistant to getting shots amid a surge in COVID-19 cases from the fast-spreading Delta variant. The surge has posed increased risk not just to the country but also to a president who ran on promises to get control over the virus and who earlier this year said the country was "closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus."
Despite a full-throttled campaign by the Biden administration urging all eligible Americans to get the free vaccines, just over 53 percent of Americans are fully vaccinated, according to data from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).