U.S President Biden calls for payment of vaccine incentive.

Written by on July 30, 2021

U.S President Joe Biden has called for states to give 100 dollars to the newly vaccinated in an effort to address flagging jab rates amid virus surges.

The president also issued a strict new vaccine requirement for US federal workers, the nation’s largest workforce with some two million people.

The order requires employees to show proof of vaccination or be subjected to mandatory testing and masking.

It serves as guidance for private businesses hoping to return to office.

Speaking from the White House on Thursday, Mr Biden said that the new measures and incentives are a result of rising numbers of the highly contagious Delta variant, made worse by a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

Mr Biden added that the 100 dollars incentive may seem unfair to already vaccinated Americans, but “we all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated”.

The funding for these payments would come from the president’s 1.9trillion dollars American Rescue Plan.

He said that the federal government will also be “fully reimbursing” small or medium-sized businesses that provide workers paid time off to get vaccinated.

It comes as US Covid deaths climb to around 2,000 per week. New cases are now at their highest point in the last three months, with about 60,000 being recorded per day.

Credit: BBC

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