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‘We Can’t Let Up Now’: Biden Urges Vigilance Against Virus


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‘We Can’t Let Up Now’: Biden Urges Vigilance Against Virus

President Biden expressed optimism in the fight against the coronavirus amid a drop in new cases, while pleading with unvaccinated Americans to get the shots and rallying support for vaccine mandates.

Today, I want to provide a brief update on my plan that I announced in early September to accelerate the path out of this pandemic. It’s working. We’re making progress. Nationally, daily cases are down 47 percent. Hospitalizations are down 38 percent over the past six weeks. Over the past two weeks, most of the country has improved as well. Case rates are declining in 39 states and hospital rates are declining in 38 states. We’re down to 66 million, still unacceptably high number, of unvaccinated people from almost 100 million in July. Every day we see more businesses implementing vaccination requirements, and the mounting data shows that they work. Businesses and organizations that are implementing requirements are seeing their vaccination rates rise by an average of 20 percent or more to well over 90 percent — the number of employees vaccinated, We’re headed in the right direction. We have critical work to do, but we can’t let up now. My team and I are doing everything we can, but I’m calling on more businesses to step up. I’m calling on more parents to get their children vaccinated when they are eligible. And I’m asking everyone, everyone who hasn’t gotten vaccinated, please get vaccinated. That’s how we put this pandemic behind us and accelerate our economic recovery.

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