1 min agoBiden: “We can and we must open schools this fall, full-time” with proper safety measuresFrom CNN’s Maureen Chowdhury
(Susan Walsh/AP)President Biden said the country “must open” schools in the fall with proper safety measures and protocols, including masking indoors.
“I also want to speak to families with children in school. We can and we must open schools this fall, full-time. It’s better for our children’s mental and emotional well-being, and we can’t afford another year out of the classroom. Every school should be open, and we’re giving them the tools to be able to do so safely, even in those areas where… they have a higher rate of Covid. Through the American Rescue Plan we provided schools billions of dollars to implement safety measures, better ventilation, social distancing and other measures,” the President said in remarks from the White House. Biden noted that vaccination rates among teachers are high and promoted the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention mask guidelines for students.
“Almost 90% of educators and school staff are now vaccinated. Additionally, the CDC has provided clear guidance on how all schools can safely protect the kids and bring them back to the classroom. Every student wear a mask. It’s that simple. So we funded safety measures at schools. We’ve vaccinated teachers and staff, and we can mask up our kids for further protection. Once again, there’s one more thing we need to do. Get more adolescents, ages 12 and up, vaccinated now that they’ve been cleared,” the President said.
Biden also said the government is prepared to provide vaccinations to children 12 and under once the vaccines are “deemed safe for them.”
15 min agoBiden calls on Defense Department to make Covid-19 vaccine required for service membersPresident Biden has tasked the Defense Department with making the Covid-19 vaccine one of the required vaccinations for all active-duty service people.
“Since many vaccinations are required for active-duty military today, I’m asking the Defense Department to look into how and when they will add Covid-19 to the list of vaccinations that our armed forces must get. Our men and women in uniform will protect this country from grave threats should be protected as much as possible from getting Covid-19,” Biden said this afternoon during remarks from the White House.”I think this is particularly important because our troops serve in places throughout the world, many where vaccination rates are low and disease is prevalent,” the President continued.
21 min agoBiden: “Every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status”President Biden announced new vaccine rules for federal workers as part of his administration’s efforts to get more Americans vaccinated and curb the spread of the pandemic.
“Every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Anyone who does not attest or is not vaccinated will be required to mask no matter where they work, test one or two times a week to see if they’ve acquired Covid, socially distance, and generally will not be allowed to travel for work,” Biden said in White House remarks. Biden noted that similar steps will be applied to all federal contractors.
“If you want to do business with the federal government, get your workers vaccinated,” the President said.
23 min agoBiden: There’s nothing political about vaccines From CNN’s Maureen Chowdhury
(Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)President Biden, urged people to get vaccinated saying they’re “highly effective” and that there’s “nothing political about them.”
Biden commended Republicans who have advocated for Covid-19 vaccines.
“From the start I have to compliment Republican Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, he hasn’t made it political. He’s encouraged people to get vaccinated, he’s encouraged people to get vaccinated, he’s continued to do so and his state’s in pretty good shape. Alabama Republican Governor Kay Ivey recently spoke out to encourage vaccinations, and even the commentators on Fox who have been belittling us for a long time, some haven’t but many have, are arguing get vaccinated. Look, this is not about red states and blue states, it’s literally about life and death… that’s what it’s about,” Biden said. 24 min agoBiden: “If you’re out there unvaccinated, you don’t have to die” (Susan Walsh/AP)President Biden shared a somber warning for the millions of Americans who have yet to get the Covid-19 vaccine, warning them that “you don’t have to die.”
“This is an American tragedy,” Biden said during remarks from the White House, specifically discussing those who are unvaccinated and hospitalized: “People are dying and will die who don’t have to die. If you’re out there unvaccinated, you don’t have to die.”
35 min agoBiden calls the Covid-19 vaccine “highly effective” (Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images)President Biden championed the Covid-19 today during remarks from the White Hous
The President announced that federal employees must attest to being vaccinated against Covid-19 or face strict protocols
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