‘In all likelihood’: Biden says US should expect NEW restrictions over Indian ‘Delta’ variant after release of appalling report: CDC director says federal vaccine mandate IS on the map
- Joe Biden told Americans Friday night to expect more COVID-19 restrictions
- On Tuesday, the CDC made a U-turn and again recommended face masks
- On May 18, the CDC announced that face masks were no longer necessary
- Biden spoke on Friday after CDC published the data behind Tuesday’s decision
- This showed that the Delta variant poses significantly more of a threat than previously thought
- Fully vaccinated people can spread the virus, now appears
- Rochelle Walensky, the CDC director, said a federal vaccine mandate was being considered
- Multiple private sector employers, plus some state and federal agencies, have begun enacting regulations mandating vaccines to avoid regular testing
Joe Biden warned Americans Friday night that new restrictions were on the way as the Delta variant causes COVID-19 caseloads to rise across the country.
The president, who left the White House at Camp David for a weekend, was asked if new rules would be introduced.
“In all likelihood,” he said, without expanding.
On Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated their guidelines to recommend wearing face masks indoors, in areas where the virus is highly transmitted.
The new advice applies to both vaccinated and unvaccinated people.
Joe Biden can be seen Friday at a meeting at the White House. Later in the day, he told reporters there would be “in all likelihood” new restrictions due to the rapid spread of COVID-19
To counter the escalating increase in infections, the White House is urging Americans to get their COVID vaccine, but has repeatedly said they won’t force people to get their shot in the arm.
“Yesterday nearly a million people were vaccinated, about half a million people for the first time,” Biden said, calling it “good news.”
Biden is demanding that the more than two million federal government employees be vaccinated or undergo regular COVID testing.
The White House has said vaccine requirements are up to private companies.
On Friday, Disney and Wal-Mart, two of America’s largest employers, announced a vaccination requirement for their employees.