US President Joe Biden unveiled a raft of new measures on Thursday mandating vaccines for both federal workers and issuing new rules for private companies, as COVID-19 cases surge among the unvaccinated.
The president outlined a six-pronged plan to address the latest rise in coronavirus cases, driven by the delta variant.
Under a new executive order, all federal workers and contractors working for the US government will be required to be fully vaccinated. The order will affect around 2.5 million people.
In a surprise move, the Biden administration will also issue a rule requiring private companies with 100 or more employees to ensure their staff are vaccinated — or that they present a negative test once a week. The rules would apply to an estimated 80 million workers.
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