In a brief six-minute address to the nation, President Biden said Thursday that his private sector COVID-19 vaccine mandate will come into effect “soon” to deal with the “unacceptably high number” of people who fail not want to be vaccinated.
But he did not answer any questions from reporters, for the second day in a row after a major speech, amid nationwide concerns over rising inflation and a supply chain crisis that has left bare store shelves and threaten the delivery of holiday gifts as the prices of most products rise.
On COVID-19, Biden said that “we are making progress. Nationally, daily cases have declined 47% and hospitalizations have declined 38% in the past six weeks. “
But he said that “we are in a very critical time as we work to turn the corner on COVID-19” and that “we need to do more to vaccinate 66 million unvaccinated people in America”.
“The Department of Labor will soon be issuing an emergency rule for companies with 100 or more employees to implement vaccination requirements,” Biden said.
Biden announced last month that most federal employees should get vaccinated, and companies with 100 or more employees should require regular vaccines or tests. The Labor Department submitted draft regulations to the White House budget office this week.
The Republican National Committee said last month it would take legal action to suspend Biden’s private-sector vaccine mandate, and Republican Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on Monday signed an executive order claiming to overturn the federal mandate for them. state enterprises.
Biden brushed off the backlash in his remarks Thursday, insisting that “vaccination requirements shouldn’t be another issue that divides us. This is why we continue to fight against the disinformation that is circulating.
According to CDC data, 78.5% of American adults have received at least one injection of COVID-19.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said on Wednesday it was not clear when the private sector rule would take effect.
“We don’t comment, as a long-standing practice, on the timeline of the time it takes because we want to allow this process to unfold,” she said.
Biden hosted another public event Thursday afternoon with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, but also did not speak about America’s economic woes fueled by inflation and a tight supply chain, although he spoke of a port backlog on Wednesday,
White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain was criticized Thursday for suggesting that the reduction in consumer purchasing power and supply shortages were “high class issues” compared to potentially more issues. serious such as high unemployment.