President Joe Biden indicated on Friday that the United States should prepare for new COVID-related limitations due to the increased number of cases attributed to the highly infectious ‘delta variant’ by public health specialists. Furthermore, when a reporter asked if Americans would face new limitations, Biden responded clearly, “Without a doubt.” The President, however, did not go into depth regarding the potential limits.
Moreover, Biden’s acknowledgment completely contradicts statements made by White House Deputy Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre to members of the press. According to CNN, Jean-Pierre stated that they would not go to a lockdown. Similarly, about vaccination, she highlighted that they aim to make sure that they don’t proceed down that path. Additionally, Biden’s statements came days after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention amended its face mask recommendations, suggesting that fully vaccinated individuals use face masks in areas with high rates of COVID-19 transmission.
Earlier, the Agency stated that Americans fully vaccinated may return to regular life without face masks or social distance. However, what about a mandatory vaccination program? According to Dr. Rochelle Walensky, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a national vaccination mandate will not be imposed. She appeared on Fox News to say that she and Vice President Biden were looking into the subject.
However, Biden wants states, schools, as well as businesses to require vaccines. On Thursday, he added that the Justice Department upheld the measures’ constitutionality. In answer to the question about a federal vaccine requirement, Biden stated that it is unclear whether the federal government will require the entire country. He went on to say that he is unaware of this at the moment.
Moreover, on Thursday, Biden announced new vaccination requirements for government employees. Additionally, the Associated Press highlighted that federal employees must sign documents attesting to coronavirus vaccination or face forced masking, weekly testing, as well as distancing. Therefore, the rigorous new rules are intended to boost lagging vaccination rates among millions of government employees and set an example for private businesses throughout the state. However, according to Biden, not being vaccinated poses a risk to you, your family, and your coworkers.