Biden Announces Possibility of Government Ordering Vaccination

  • President Joe Biden is not ignorant of the idea that the government could order the entire United States to be vaccinated.
  • Unesco representatives ask that vaccines be donated to countries that do not have access to them
  • Positive cases of coronavirus are reported in the White House

Washington, Jul 29 (EFE News) .- The president of the United States, Joe Biden, did not rule out this Thursday the possibility that the federal government could order the vaccination against covid-19 to all Americans and admitted that the White House is making inquiries about it. Speaking to journalists after giving a speech in which he explained the new vaccination measures, Biden acknowledged that he would like states, private companies or schools to continue in the line of making vaccination mandatory.

“I would like to see them move in that direction,” said the US president, who assured that he has asked the Department of Justice to determine if it can be done legally. He affirmed in this sense that local communities can do it, as well as businesses, and added: “The question is whether the federal government can order the whole country. I do not know yet”. It is the first time that Biden has suggested the possibility of vaccination becoming mandatory, at a time when the country has suffered an escalation of infections due to the delta variant. Last Tuesday, at her daily press conference, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki insisted, on the contrary, that “it is not the role” of the federal government to force vaccination, and doubted that it even has “The power” to do so, legally. The White House announced this Thursday that it will force the more than 4 million workers of the United States Government to show proof of vaccination against covid-19 if they do not want to undergo tests on a regular basis, given the advance of the delta variant in the country . EFE News

Biden pleads with skeptics to get vaccinated to curb delta variant

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Washington, Jul 6 (EFE News) .- The president, Joe Biden, pleaded on Tuesday to those who still resist being vaccinated against covid-19 to do so in order to contain the delta variant, and highlighted the efforts of his Government to go “door to door” and try to convince the skeptics. “Please get vaccinated now. It works, it’s free, and it’s never been easier or more important, ”Biden said in a speech at the White House.

With the vaccination rate slowed down, the White House is concerned about the expansion of the more contagious delta variant, which already accounts for about 25% of coronavirus cases in the United States and is causing an increase in infections in states such as Texas or Missouri. Biden failed to reach his goal of having 70% of the nation’s adults vaccinated with at least one dose by July 4, a proportion that is now hovering around 67%, while 58% of those over 18 have already received the complete guideline.

Biden’s strategies

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The government is aware that these figures are not enough to stop the pandemic, and Biden’s pleas illustrated the difficulty of erasing the distrust that many Americans still feel about vaccines and the government campaign to promote them. However, the White House is confident that its perseverance will pay off and, as mass vaccination centers close, it is working to bring the doses closer to the most skeptical communities and knocking on every door to persuade those who are unclear.

“We are going to put even more emphasis on getting them vaccinated in their community, close to home. In a convenient place, a place that is already familiar to them, ”stressed Biden. The campaign includes an attempt to bring more and more vaccines to the offices of general practitioners and pediatricians, encouraging adolescents over 12 to get vaccinated before going back to school or participating in sports, the White House explained.

The importance of vaccination

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It also consists of urging companies to offer vaccines in the workplace and give their employees paid time off so they can get inoculated. What the White House has not done is to re-mark a vaccination goal like the one that Biden established for July 4 and that was not met, because, in a country where all adults have the possibility of being vaccinated since April, convince those who have not done so promises to be a long-distance race.

“We cannot get complacent now. The best thing you can do to protect yourself, your family and the people you care about is to get vaccinated, ”Biden insisted in his speech. The White House covid-19 team has acknowledged that it is in a race to try to get Americans who have not been vaccinated or who have only received one dose to complete the regimen before the delta variant becomes predominant in the country, something that is expected to happen in the coming weeks. In states like Alabama and Mississippi, only one-third of the population is fully vaccinated; and in Missouri, where 39% have received the full guideline, cases have doubled in the last week, according to local authorities. EFE News

Thirty UNICEF ambassadors ask the G7 to donate covid vaccines

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New York, Jun 8 (EFE News) .- Some thirty UNICEF goodwill ambassadors, including pilot Fernando Alonso, former soccer player David Beckam or singer Billie Eilish, asked the leaders of the G7 countries to donate covid-19 vaccines to the poorest countries. “The world has been a year and a half fighting the COVID-19 pandemic, but the virus is still spreading in many countries and producing new variants with the potential that we all return to the starting point,” says a letter signed by 28 personalities from different artistic and sports disciplines.

For the UNICEF ambassadors “this means more school closings, more interruptions in medical care and greater economic consequences, which threatens the future of families and children everywhere.” The signatories are Ramla Ali, Fernando Alonso, David Beckham, Orlando Bloom, José Manuel Calderón, Sofia Carson, Gemma Chan, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Olivia Colman, Billie Eilish, Pau Gasol, Whoopi Goldberg, David Harewood, Chris Hoy, Angelique Kidjo, Téa Leoni, Lucy Liu and Juan Manuel López Iturriaga.

You need to be united to defeat the covid

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Also signed were Ewan McGregor, Alyssa Milano, Andy Murray, Liam Neeson, Liam Payne, Katy Perry, Sergio Ramos, Claudia Schiffer, Teresa Viejo and Pink. All of them urge the heads of state of the G7 countries, who will meet between June 11 and 13 in Cornwall (United Kingdom), to guarantee a “fair and equitable supply” of vaccines to income countries low and medium. The G7 meeting will bring together the leaders of the United States, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Canada and Japan, and will facilitate bilateral meetings such as the one scheduled between French President Emmanuel Macron and his American counterpart, Joe Biden.

“The pandemic will not end anywhere until it has ended everywhere, and that means getting vaccines to all countries, as quickly and equitably as possible. This weekend’s G7 Summit is a vital opportunity for you to agree on actions that will take vaccines where they are most needed and quickly, ”the document reads. Unicef ​​estimates that the G7 countries will soon have enough doses to donate 20% of their vaccines between June and August, which would represent a total of 150 million doses, without this translating into a “significant delay” in their plans for vaccination. vaccination of its adult population. “We ask that you make these urgent donations before August and establish a roadmap to increase donations as supplies increase,” underscore the signatories, who conclude the note with a shout: “DONATE 20% OF VACCINES AVAILABLE. PROTECT US ALL. DONATE DOSE NOW ”. EFE News

Two vaccinated advisers from Biden and Pelosi test positive for covid-19

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Washington, Jul 20 (EFE News) .- A White House official and one of the spokespersons for the president of the US Lower House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated , official sources reported Tuesday. Neither of the two affected, who were not identified, had close contact with the president of the United States, Joe Biden, or with Pelosi, according to those sources.

“Yesterday, a fully vaccinated White House official tested positive for COVID-19 when he was off campus,” said White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki at her daily press conference. That person is isolated, with “mild symptoms” and it has not been determined for now that he has had “close contacts” with “other high-ranking personnel” of the White House, added Psaki.

More cases are reported in the White House

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The spokeswoman acknowledged that in recent months there have been more cases of White House personnel who have tested positive for covid-19 despite being vaccinated, but did not want to specify how many and only clarified that none of them is an adviser who has frequent contact with Biden. Both the White House official and the Pelosi spokesperson who tested positive were at an outdoor reception at a Washington hotel last week alongside a delegation of Texas state legislators who are visiting the capital, according to the newspaper. digital Axios.

At least two of those Texas lawmakers tested positive this weekend, days after also meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris, whose team still determined that she had not run the risk of infection and therefore should not quarantine. Psaki assured this Tuesday that Biden -who is vaccinated- takes a covid-19 test “every two weeks”, as well as a good part of his advisers, while journalists who have access to the president are forced to submit to a quick test the day they go to see it.

Covid protocols are maintained

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The White House does not seem willing to change its protocols in light of the new contagion and Psaki assured that “infections from vaccinated people (result in symptoms that) are normally mild.” Since the end of May, both the White House staff and the journalists who cover it have worked from the narrow West Wing without wearing a mask, as long as they are vaccinated, following the guidelines of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. . (CDC, in English).

After months with reduced capacity, Psaki’s daily press conference has been held again with dozens of journalists in the seats and corridors of the small room, although practically all of them are vaccinated, according to the Association of House Correspondents White. Capitol employees and reporters who cover them also work without a mask, who in many cases nevertheless put the mask back on Tuesday after learning that a Pelosi spokesperson had tested positive, according to The Hill newspaper. That spokesperson has not had contact with Pelosi and both he and the rest of the press office staff worked this Tuesday from home to exercise extreme precautions, explained an adviser to the Speaker of the Lower House, Drew Hammill, in a statement. EFE News