Speaking at a middle school in Washington, D.C., on Friday morning – where he announced measures to tackle the spread of Covid 19 in schools – President Joe Biden slammed Republican governors for fighting epidemics. Did not accept public health measures for
In his remarks, Biden urged parents to vaccinate children over the age of 12. “It’s easy, it’s safe and it’s easy,” he said, referring to vaccination clinics in DC public schools. He noted that 65% of children between the ages of 12 and 17 in the country’s capital have received at least one shot, the highest rate in the country. He promised Brooklyn Middle School students a “special visit” to the White House once they had all been vaccinated. (“Maybe you let the helicopter fly.”)
Biden said he had used his limited presidential powers to force some teachers, such as those working in head-start programs, to be vaccinated. He called on the governors to require vaccinations for all other teachers and staff in schools. He also called for “regular screening programs” in schools, noting that it includes funding for the US Rescue Plan Act, which he and Congress enacted earlier this year. He said he was using the Defense Production Act to distribute about 300 to 300 million more individual Rapid Cove 19 tests to schools and to force retail outlets to sell home tests at a price.
When Biden was fired, a reporter shouted that the president’s latest anti-COVID measures, including the vaccination mandate, were calling the proposals “excessive” and vowed to “challenge it in court.” He replied, “Take it.” He paused and then continued:
I am very disappointed that some Republican governors in particular have been so poor for the health of these children, riding for the health of their communities. We are playing real here. This is not a game. And I don’t know of any scientist in the field who doesn’t understand that the six things I’ve suggested are quite understandable. But you know – let me end with that: One lesson I hope our students can learn is that politics shouldn’t be like this. Politics doesn’t have to be this way. They are growing up in an environment where they see it as a war, like a bitter feud. If a Democrat is right, everyone is left. I don’t mean who we are, it’s not who we are as a nation. And that’s not how we beat every other crisis in our history. We have to get together I think the majority – look at the poll figures – the majority of the American people know we have to do this. They are difficult but necessary. We are going to complete them.
Leaving the podium, another reporter asked if his actions on COVID would further divide the country. Biden did not respond.
A recent Gallup. Poll It has been shown that 61% of Americans support the need for vaccination for air travel, 53% support the vaccine for eating back and 56% support the order of vaccine in their workplaces.