JOE Biden addressed the nation shortly after 5pm on Thursday and announced a six-point plan to tackle Covid across the country, but was slammed for not including immigrants crossing the US-Mexico border.

However, more than 18% of migrant families who recently crossed the border tested positive for COVID while another 20% of unaccompanied minors tested positive for the virus, according to FOX News.

The plan, which consists of six broad areas of action, entails vaccinating the unvaccinated, further protecting the vaccinated, keeping schools safely open, increasing testing and requiring masking, protecting our economic recovery, and improving care for those with Covid-19.

And companies with over 100 employees can face up to $14,000 in fines per violation if their employees do not get vaccinated or tested every week.

"What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient," Biden said. "We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us."

His speech comes as the U.S. is struggling to stem a wave of infections driven by the Delta variant even as officials try to persuade Americans who have resisted vaccination to get the shots.

Rising caseloads have raised concerns as children head back to school, while also rattling investors and upending company return-to-office plans.

Read our Joe Biden speech live blog for the latest news and updates…

  • Julia Fields

    'THE HEROES WE NEEDED'

    Jill and Joe Biden delivered remarks about keeping children in schools following Joe's six point Covid relief plan.

    Jill begins by thanking teachers, calling them the "heroes we needed."

    She continues that we need to keep children in schools "where they belong" and fight "the virus not eachother."

  • Julia Fields

    COVID IN SCHOOLS

    Another part of Biden's plan involved keeping schools open safely.

  • Julia Fields

    BOOSTER SHOTS

    Part of Biden's six point plan involves prodiving booster shots for all Americans.

  • Julia Fields

    1000 PERSONELL

    The White House announced that over 1,000 personell will be deployed to help fight Covid.

  • Julia Fields

    'WHAT MORE DO YOU NEED?'

    President Biden spoke from the White House and revealed his message to unvaccinated Americans.

    "What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient," Biden said. "We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us."

  • Julia Fields

    WHO FOUNDED OSHA?

    OSHA was first created in 1970 by the United States Congress and President
    Richard Nixon in order to ensure that workers won't have to choose between their life and their job.

    After being passed with bipartisan support, it made it clear that
    the right to a safe workplace is a basic human right.

    During his presidency, Nixon was also a part of creating the Environmental Protection Agency which protects environmental matters.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT RULE IS BIDEN ASKING OSHA TO MAKE?

    On September 9, 2021, Biden announced his new Covid Plan which involves asking OSHA for a little help.

    Biden announced on Thursday that he is looking for the agency to create a rule for private businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

    He is also looking for OSHA to mandate that the businesses offer employees paid time off to get vaccinated.

    "We're in the tough stretch and it could last for a while," Biden said. "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're ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from Covid in their communities. This is totally unacceptable."

    Along with his request, Biden also announced that he is planning on requiring federal government employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, which is expected to affect more than 80 million workers.

  • Julia Fields

    WHAT IS OSHA?

    OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it is known as a government agency through the Department of Labor.

    The agency was created by Congress to "ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance."

    OSHA is responsible for creating health and safety standards for different job fields as well as enforcing them.

    If OSHA inspectors find that a company is not following protocols, they can issue fines of $136,532 per violation if it is deemed willful or a repeat problem.

  • Danielle Cinone

    PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI EXPLAINS NEW PLAN

    Psaki said in a video shared to Biden's Twitter: "The plan has a couple of goals. One is to get people vaccinated. There's about 80million people in this country who are not yet vaccinated.

    "Two — it's to keep our schools open and keep our economy going.

    "And three — it's to reduce hospitalizations and make sure we're saving more lives across the country."

     

  • Danielle Cinone

    BIDEN'S PATIENCE 'WEARING THIN'

    "My message to unvaccinated Americans is this: What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see?" the president said on Thursday.

    He continued: "We have made vaccinations free, safe and convenient.

    "The vaccine is FDA approved. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot.

    "We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us. So please, do the right thing."

  • Danielle Cinone

    BIDEN'S PLAN WILL TAKE TIME

    Biden said the plan is going to take time to have a full impact.

  • Danielle Cinone

    SIX PARTS OF BIDEN’S PLAN

    According to the White House, Biden’s plan entails:

    • Vaccinating the unvaccinated
    • Further protecting the vaccinated
    • Keeping schools safely open
    • Increasing testing and requiring masking
    • Protecting our economic recovery
    • Improving care for those with Covid-19

    NEW REQUIREMENT FOR EMPLOYERS WITH 100+ EMPLOYEES

    The White House explains: “The Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is developing a rule that will require all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or require any workers who remain unvaccinated to produce a negative test result on at least a weekly basis before coming to work.

    “OSHA will issue an Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) to implement this requirement.

    “This requirement will impact over 80 million workers in private sector businesses with 100+ employees.”

    ‘WHAT MORE IS THERE TO WAIT FOR?’

    Biden’s message to unvaccinated Americans is: “What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see?.

    He added: “We’ve made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient.”

    “We’ve been patient but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us.”

    WHAT DOES RECENT DATA SHOW ABOUT BREAKTHROUGH CASES?

    Recent data indicates there’s only one confirmed positive case per 5,000 fully vaccinated Americans per week, according to the White House.

    • Danielle Cinone

      WHAT RULE IS BIDEN ASKING OSHA TO MAKE?

      On September 9, 2021, Biden announced his new Covid Plan which involves asking OSHA for a little help.

      Biden announced on Thursday that he is looking for the agency to create a rule for private businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

      He is also looking for OSHA to mandate that the businesses offer employees paid time off to get vaccinated.

      “We’re in the tough stretch and it could last for a while,” Biden said. “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’re ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from Covid in their communities. This is totally unacceptable.”

      Along with his request, Biden also announced that he is planning on requiring federal government employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, which is expected to affect more than 80 million workers.

    • Danielle Cinone

      ‘PANDEMIC POLITICS’

      As Biden addressed the nation he said: “We have the tools to combat COVID-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner.

      “These pandemic politics, as I refer to it, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.

      “We cannot let these actions stand in the way of protecting the large majority of Americans who have done their part and want to get back to life as normal.”

    • Danielle Cinone

      SIX PARTS OF BIDEN'S PLAN

      According to the White House, Biden's plan entails:

      • Vaccinating the unvaccinated
      • Further protecting the vaccinated
      • Keeping schools safely open
      • Increasing testing and requiring masking
      • Protecting our economic recovery
      • Improving care for those with Covid-19

      ‘GOING TO PROTECT’

      Speaking in the White House state dining room, President Joe Biden said: “We’re going to protect vaccinated workers from unvaccinated co-workers.

      “We’re going to reduce the spread of Covid-19 by increasing the share of the work force that is vaccinated in businesses all across America.”

      WHAT WILL THE DEPT. OF LABOR NOW REQUIRE?

      The Department of Labor will require "all employers with 100 or more employees to ensure their workforce is fully vaccinated or show a negative test at least once a week," the White House said.

       

      'FREE, CONVENIENT TESTS'

      The White House tweeted Thursday: "The President’s COVID-19 Action Plan will increase testing and masking.

      "Under the plan, every American – no matter their income – can access free, convenient tests."

      • Danielle Cinone

        PRESS SECRETARY JEN PSAKI EXPLAINS NEW PLAN

        Psaki said in a video shared to Biden's Twitter: "The plan has a couple of goals. One is to get people vaccinated. There's about 80million people in this country who are not yet vaccinated.

        "Two — it's to keep our schools open and keep our economy going.

        "And three — it's to reduce hospitalizations and make sure we're saving more lives across the country."

      • Danielle Cinone

        'THIS IS NOT ABOUT FREEDOM'

        President Biden wants two-thirds of all US workers to get their COVID-19 jabs, with more stringent requirements for businesses that employ 100 people or more and all federal workers and contracting companies working with the federal government.

        “This is not about freedom or personal choice,” Biden continued.

        “It’s about protecting yourself and those around you 

        So far, 208,305,270 Americans or just over 60 percent have received their first dose of a Covid-19 vaccine while 177,433,044 secured a second dose, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

      • Danielle Cinone

        WHAT RULE IS BIDEN ASKING OSHA TO MAKE?

        On September 9, 2021, Biden announced his new Covid Plan which involves asking OSHA for a little help.

        Biden announced on Thursday that he is looking for the agency to create a rule for private businesses with 100 or more employees to require their employees to be vaccinated or undergo weekly testing.

        He is also looking for OSHA to mandate that the businesses offer employees paid time off to get vaccinated.

        "We're in the tough stretch and it could last for a while," Biden said. "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're ordering mobile morgues for the unvaccinated dying from Covid in their communities. This is totally unacceptable."

        Along with his request, Biden also announced that he is planning on requiring federal government employees and contractors to be fully vaccinated, which is expected to affect more than 80 million workers.

      • Danielle Cinone

        WHAT IS OSHA?

        OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and it is known as a government agency through the Department of Labor.

        The agency was created by Congress to "ensure safe and healthful working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards and by providing training, outreach, education and assistance."

        OSHA is responsible for creating health and safety standards for different job fields as well as enforcing them.

        If OSHA inspectors find that a company is not following protocols, they can issue fines of $136,532 per violation if it is deemed willful or a repeat problem.

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