President Joe Biden on Thursday shared his frustration with Americans who are refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19, who are prolonging the pandemic and spreading senseless suffering and death.
During a fiery address to the nation in which he finally announced vaccine mandates for companies with more than 100 employees, Biden tore into anti-vaxxers, right-wing propagandists, and Republican lawmakers who are accumulating political capital at the expense of human life.
“Despite the fact that for almost five months, free vaccines have been available in 80,000 different locations, we still have nearly 80 million Americans who have failed to get the shot, and to make matters worse, there are elected officials actively working to undermine the fight against COVID-19. Instead of encouraging people to get vaccinated and mask up, they are ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated for those dying in our communities. This is totally unacceptable,” said the commander in chief.
“If you wonder how all this adds up, here’s the math. The vast majority of Americans are doing the right thing. Nearly three-quarters of the eligible have gotten at least one shot, but one-quarter has not gotten any. That’s nearly 80 million Americans not vaccinated, and in a country as large as ours, that’s 25 percent minority. That 25 percent can cause a lot of damage, and they are. The unvaccinated overcrowd our hospitals or overrun the emergency rooms and intensive care units, leaving no one for someone with a heart attack, or pancreatitis, or cancer,” the president continued.
“I want to emphasize that the vaccine provides very strong protection from severe illness from COVID-19,” Biden added. “I know there’s a lot of confusion and misinformation, but the world’s leading scientists confirm that if you are fully vaccinated, your risk of severe illness from COVID-19 is very low.”
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