Tag: Joe Biden

Analysis: Biden’s COVID-19 strategy thwarted by anti-vaxxers, Delta variant

By Jeff Mason and Julie Steenhuysen

Read the full article from Reuters, here.

When President Joe Biden entered office, his administration made clear it intended to fight the COVID-19 pandemic by focusing on getting the country vaccinated. With the Delta variant of the coronavirus now raging and a large chunk of Americans rejecting vaccines, that strategy is under scrutiny.

The Biden administration is considering a vaccine mandate for federal workers

By Michael D Shear

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

The Biden administration is considering requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated against the coronavirus or be forced to submit to regular testing, social distancing, mask requirements and restrictions on most travel, officials said Tuesday — a major shift in approach by President Biden that reflects the government’s growing concern about the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant.

Frustration mounts as U.S. extends border shutdown

By Jerry Zremski

Read the full article from Buffalo News, here.

Two days after Canadian officials announced at a press conference that they would allow vaccinated Americans to cross the border beginning on Aug. 9, the Biden administration announced the latest extension of the border closure for Canadians seeking entry into the U.S. The administration codified the extension in the Federal Register, a compendium of federal government actions that attracts little mass readership. The extension means the U.S. side of the border will be closed to nonessential travel until 11:59 p.m. on Aug. 21.

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Biden Calls for Door-to-Door Vaccine Push; Experts Say More Is Needed

By Michael D. Shear and Noah Weiland

Read the full article from The New York Times, here.

Faced with a steep decline in vaccination rates, President Biden said on Tuesday that his administration would send people door to door, set up clinics at workplaces and urge employers to offer paid time off as part of a renewed push to reach tens of millions of unvaccinated Americans.

But top health experts say that it is simply not enough, and that the president needs to take the potentially unpopular step of encouraging states, employers and colleges and universities to require vaccinations to slow the spread of the coronavirus.