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Biden’s six-step covid strategy does not go far enough to compel vaccinations

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President Biden’s much-hyped new strategy for fighting covid-19 is a tepid half-measure that falls short of the dramatic reset the country needs. The six-pronged strategy announced on Thursday can be summarized as “more of the same” — these are good steps in the right direction, but they’re not enough to get the job done.

The biggest problem with Biden’s plan is that it does not go nearly far enough toward compelling vaccinations. Only 54 percent of eligible Americans are fully vaccinated. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the rate of first-time vaccinations is falling, even as the delta variant is overwhelming hospitals in many places and more than 1,500 Americans are dying every day.

Biden needs to acknowledge that we have reached the end of the line when it comes to asking individuals to get vaccinated. We’ve tried education, incentives and appealing to people’s patriotic duty. It’s not working. Now is the time for mandates, with the federal government using the full extent of its authority.

It is excellent that the Biden administration will require all federal workers to get vaccinated. I also like that it will be tying Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement money to hospitals mandating........

© Washington Post

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