It was July 4, during the celebration of the declaration of independence of the United States: “Today, we are closer than ever to declaring our independence from a deadly virus”, the coronavirus, rejoiced President Joe Biden. Two months later, at the end of the Labor Day weekend which marks the American return to school, it’s failed. The Delta variant is inflicting a new wave of contamination in the United States, which clutters hospitals and hinders economic recovery, while a quarter of the population has not received any vaccine injections. The death toll rose to 1,500 deaths per day, up 30% over the past two weeks and 100,000 people are hospitalized because of the Covid-19.
“We have a tool to fight the virus”, Joe Biden said Thursday, September 9, in a lengthy televised address. “It will take some time”, he admitted understanding that some are “Annoyed” that 80 million Americans are still unvaccinated (175 million are completely) while the Pfizer vaccine was finally approved in August. “It is the pandemic of the unvaccinated”, accused the US president, while their hospitalization rate is 17 times higher than that of vaccinated. “We have been patient, but our patience is running out. Your refusal has cost us all ”, He reproached them, citing occupied hospital beds to the detriment of other patients. America is cut in half, with rates ranging from just 40% in Mississippi, Alabama and Wyoming to over 70% in Washington DC, Rhode Island or Vermont.
To regain control, Joe Biden, who denounced the disinformation of antivax, signed a decree making vaccination compulsory for employees of the federal state and its subcontractors and that of public medical personnel. Companies with more than 100 employees are urged to require vaccination of their employees – as is the case Fox news, the conservative news channel which has never ceased to sow doubt on vaccines, maliciously noted the US president -, or a weekly test.
“It’s not a question of freedom or personal choice. It’s about protecting you and those around you… My role as president is to protect every American ”, said Joe Biden, whose executive orders affect 100 million Americans. He also asked that a test or a vaccine be required during public meetings (sport, spectacle) and announced a doubling of fines in transport for not wearing a mask.
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