The new order, revealed by the White House on Thursday ahead of a speech by Biden, will affect roughly 100 million American workers. Earlier, White House officials told the media that Biden has also signed an executive order making vaccination obligatory for all 2.5 million federal employees and other outside contractors, with no option for testing as an alternative.
“This is not about freedom, or personal choice,” Biden said in his address to the nation on Thursday afternoon. Americans are “angry” and “frustrated” with some 80 million who haven’t been vaccinated, Biden said, adding that his plan aims to “reduce the number of unvaccinated Americans.”
Biden himself spoke out against mandatory vaccination back in December. “No, I don’t think it should be mandatory. I wouldn’t demand it be mandatory. Just like I don’t think masks have to be made mandatory nationwide,” he said at the time.
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