President Joe Biden has laid out a six-point plan to bring the U.S. COVID-19 epidemic under control, after a summer that saw skyrocketing rates of infections, especially in areas with low vaccination rates. Speaking from the White House Thursday, Biden said he was ordering nearly all federal employees and contractors to get COVID-19 vaccinations within 75 days. He also said the Occupational Safety and Health Administration will require large employers to have their workers inoculated or tested weekly. Violators face fines of up to $14,000 per infraction.
President Joe Biden: “Despite the fact that for almost five months free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot. And to make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. 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.”
The Republican National Committee immediately promised to sue the Biden administration over its vaccine mandates. South Carolina Republican Governor Henry McMaster tweeted, “we will fight them to the gates of hell to protect the liberty and livelihood of every South Carolinian.”