‘Your refusal has cost us all’: Biden declares war on the 80M unvaccinated Americans: ‘This is not about freedom’

President Joe Biden on Thursday slammed the 80 million Americans who have yet to get a COVD vaccine shot, asking them ‘what more is there to wait for.’ ‘This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans,’ he said in remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House. ‘We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us. So please do the right thing,’ he said.

  • President Joe Biden slammed the 80 million Americans who have yet to get a COVD vaccine shot, asking them ‘what more is there to wait for’
  • ‘We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us,’ he said 
  • He ended his nearly 30 minute speech with a whispered plea: ‘Get vaccinated’ 
  • Biden announced an aggressive new plan to get 100 million employees across the federal government and private sector vaccinated
  • Labor Department to issue a temporary order to require all businesses with 100 or more employees to have them vaccinated or tested weekly 
  • Biden will require all federal workers to be vaccinated
  • Workers will not be given the option of testing out 
  • There will be limited exceptions but any federal employee who refuses the shot can be fired, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Thursday 
  • Federal employees and contractors will have 75 days to get vaccinated 
  • Biden’s remarks come as COVID cases continue to rise due to Delta variant

President Joe Biden on Thursday declared war on the 80 million Americans who have yet to get a COVD vaccine and asked them ‘what more is there to wait for’ as he announced mandates covering two thirds of all workers.

‘This is not about freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting yourself and those around you, the people you work with, the people you care about, the people you love. My job as president is to protect all Americans,’ he said in remarks in the State Dining Room at the White House.

‘We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin. And your refusal has cost all of us. So please do the right thing,’ he said.

Biden’s speech was a marked change from previous remarks on the pandemic. He took a harsh tone with those who have not gotten vaccinated and expressed impatience with their decision not to get a shot in the arm.

And he addressed that crowd directly, in stark language, where he called out those who cast doubt about the safety and efficiency of vaccines.

He also outlined a series of new government mandates that will require shots in the arms for two-thirds of employed Americans. Federal employees who refuse can be fired and companies that don’t comply will face thousands of dollars in fines.

Republicans, including governors, called the orders ‘coercive’ and ‘unconstitutional’ and have vowed to fight back in the courts and with legislation.

Both his tone and his action were some of the strictest measures he’s taken since he became president – a move that comes as hospitalizations are up across the United States as the Delta variant continues to plague the nation.

Biden charged the unvaccinated with ‘overcrowding our hospitals and overrunning emergency rooms intensive care units, leaving no room for someone with a heart attack or pancreatic cancer.’

The president decried the ‘pandemic politics’ that he said was behind those who had not yet gotten a shot in the arm, calling out public officials who were ‘actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19.’

‘These pandemic politics, as I refer to, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die. We cannot allow these actions to stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal,’ he said.

‘There are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19,’ Biden said. ‘Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from COVID in their communities. This is totally unacceptable.’

He ended his nearly 30 minute speech with a whispered plea: ‘Get vaccinated.’

‘My message to unvaccinated Americans is this – what more is there to wait for?,’ Biden said. ‘What more to you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine has FDA approval. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot.’

In his remarks, Biden announced an aggressive new plan to get 100 million employees across the federal government and private sector vaccinated against COVID as the case rate continues to rise due to the Delta variant.

To reach his goal, Biden will use the sweeping power of the federal government, ordering companies to vaccinate workers or face financial penalties.

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https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-9975531/Biden-declares-war-80M-unvaccinated-Americans.html

By Emily Goodin, Senior U.S. Political Reporter For Dailymail.com17:31 EDT 09 Sep 2021 , updated 18:26 EDT 09 Sep 2021



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