O president of the United States, Joe Biden, announced this Thursday, 29, measures to strengthen the incentive for vaccination against covid-19. Among them is the call for governments in different instances to provide $100 for every citizen who gets vaccinated from now on. As reported by the Treasury Department, this is considered a extra boost for vaccination. The resource can be taken from the plan that dedicated US$ 350 billion to fight the pandemic.
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Biden also announced that the federal government will reimburse employers who release, without discount, their employees on vaccination days. According to the president, the measure also applies in cases where employees have to take relatives to get vaccinated. “If we don’t make progress, I imagine that several companies will start demanding proof of the vaccine,” said the president. Federal officials, on the other hand, will be asked to prove they are vaccinated, Biden said.
Asked how he can guarantee that a new lockdown will not be imposed in the United States, the president has reinforced the effectiveness of the vaccines so far and said he can only respond with the information he now has about the variants of the coronavirus. He added that “at the moment, no American needs a booster dose of covid vaccine,” attributing the statement to experts.
Right now, 190 million Americans have taken at least one dose of the covid-19 vaccine, while 164 million are fully vaccinated, the president says. “There’s a lot of fear and misinformation in the country and we need to stop that with truth and science,” said Biden, “Even if you’re fully vaccinated, you can still get the delta variant and pass it on to those who aren’t.” Once again, the head of the White House stressed that the pandemic seen in the United States is limited to the minority of the unvaccinated population. “Vaccines are safe, highly effective and there is nothing political about them.”
Regarding the result of the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), released today, Biden was positive. “GDP shows that our economy has had the fastest growth in 40 years,” he said. The result of growth at the annualized rate of 65%, however, was below the advance of 8.5% expected by analysts heard by Broadcast.