President Biden expected to announce vaccine mandate with no testing exemption for 1.2 million federal workers as part of series of actions to curb delta variant

As the delta variant continues to sweep across the United States, President Biden is expected to require all federal employees to be vaccinated, with no option for regular coronavirus testing to opt out of the mandate, multiple media outlets report, citing White House sources.

With 2.1 million workers, the federal government is the country’s largest single employer, and the move could pave the way for more employers, local governments and schools to require vaccines.

Biden will speak at 5 p.m. Thursday in Washington plans to outline a “robust plan to stop the spread of the delta variant and boost covid-19 vaccinations,” the White House said in a statement. The highly contagious delta variant and the refusal of many Americans to get vaccinated is straining hospitals, increasing the death rate among children and curtailing efforts for a return to more normal social and business interactions, damping hopes of an economic recovery.

Biden also plans to call for a global summit, to be held during the U.N. General Assembly later this month, to respond to the coronavirus crisis and boost vaccine supply to the developing world.

 

© Copyright LaPresse