(Washington) Did Joe Biden cry victory over the COVID-19 pandemic too soon? The American president, who promised his compatriots a “summer of freedom”, had to take a series of measures on Thursday to restart the vaccination.
Posted on Jul 29, 2021 at 5:30 pm
“We’re not completely out of hand yet,” said the US President in a speech to the White House, as the country was confronted with an outbreak of contamination due to the rapid spread of the Delta variant.
For the first time in months, Joe Biden walked into the room where reporters were waiting for him wearing black masks, which he took off before he began to speak.
It follows new recommendations from U.S. health officials that even vaccinated Americans must wear masks when in areas where the spread of the virus is important.
Millions of federal employees will now either have to be vaccinated or comply with a number of requirements, the White House said.
Unvaccinated federal employees must wear the mask even in areas with low COVID-19 circulation and undergo regular tests once or twice a week. You will also be restricted in your movements.
Without going as far as the regular vaccination requirement, this is a change of course for the Biden administration, which has so far refused to associate any thoughts of compulsory vaccination with vaccinations.
“I know that people talk about freedom,” but “with freedom comes responsibility,” commented the Democratic president.
“It is exhausting to think that we are still fighting the pandemic,” he admitted.
The state employs 4 million people, including 2 million civilians.
Regarding the military, the US President urges the military to consider “how and when” the vaccine against COVID-19 should be added to the list of mandatory vaccines for the troops.
$ 100 for a vaccine
Among other incentive measures, Joe Biden is urging local authorities to pay $ 100 for each new person who is vaccinated, using emergency funds released to help deal with the pandemic.
They seem far away, those declarations of June and early July, when the US President spoke of a “summer of freedom” and promised to soon declare the “independence” of the United States against the virus – based on the national holiday on April 4th . July.
At the time, the Biden administration was based on a vaccination campaign whose impressive beginnings were exemplary worldwide, but which then stalled.
European officials now boast of having overtaken the United States in the rate of population to have received at least one dose of the coronavirus vaccine.
Many commentators therefore wonder whether the Democratic president has not announced victory too soon.
The White House is defending itself by saying, “Follow the advice of the scientists” and adjusting to the new health situation, that of a much more contagious Delta variant, almost daily.
It remains to be seen whether this option will also shift the political line on vaccination, while polls show that Republican voters are more reluctant to adopt the vaccine.
“It’s not about Red States (Republicans) or Blue States (Democrats). It’s a matter of life and death, ”said Joe Biden on Thursday.
Indeed, many Republican officials and elected officials have recently joined the concert of calls for vaccination.
But there is no question that Camp Biden is wooing former President Donald Trump in hopes of convincing more Americans.
“We have seen pretty much all of the past presidents make public statements to make sure people understand that the vaccine is safe and effective. You don’t need to get a calligraphy invitation card to join this movement, ”said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki recently.