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Biden says Republican governors are undermining COVID safety response

EconomySep 16, 2021 03:31PM ET
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© Reuters. U.S. President Joe Biden clears his throat as he delivers remarks on the economy during a speech in the East Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 16, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis

By Nandita Bose

(Reuters) -U.S. President Joe Biden on Thursday directed his ire at the governors of Florida and Texas, accusing the Republican leaders of "doing everything they can to undermine the life-saving requirements" he proposed to counter the spread of COVID-19.

Some Republican governors, including Greg Abbott of Texas and Ron DeSantis of Florida, have vowed to fight the vaccine mandate for big companies that Biden rolled out last week https://www.reuters.com/world/us/biden-deliver-six-step-plan-covid-19-pandemic-2021-09-09 in the face of surging U.S. COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths, mostly among the unvaccinated.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves earlier this week likened Biden's mandate to tyranny.

"I propose a requirement for COVID vaccines, and the governor of that state calls it a 'tyrannical-type move?'" said Biden, noting that the pandemic has killed over 660,000 people in the United States.

"This is the worst type of politics...and I refuse to give in to it," Biden said, adding that the policies rolled out by the White House are "what the science tells us to do."

Some Republican-led states and a sizable minority of Americans have defied vaccine recommendations from health officials, arguing that mandates infringe on their personal freedoms.

With just 63% of the eligible U.S. population having received at least one vaccine dose, the U.S. vaccination rate now lags most developed economies.

Biden's vaccine policy is expected to face a string of legal challenges from Republicans, including Arizona Attorney General Mark Brnovich, who became the first to file a lawsuit against it on Tuesday.

DeSantis has threatened fines for cities and counties that require employees get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying they violate Florida state law.

Biden says Republican governors are undermining COVID safety response
 

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cj go
cj go Sep 16, 2021 9:56PM ET
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not one person that hasn't got the vaccine cares- further the vaccine doesn't stop spreading so where's the science behind this mandate
Tom Tipton
Tom Tipton Sep 16, 2021 4:14PM ET
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coming from the guy who destroyed america in 3 months
Josh Davis
Josh Davis Sep 16, 2021 3:40PM ET
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Desantis is lying. Advent health, baptist health and many more are requiring this to be done now. Desantis love window dressing
Relax Be Happy
Relax Be Happy Sep 16, 2021 3:32PM ET
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Biden is a fool
Felipe Daniel
Felipe Daniel Sep 16, 2021 3:03PM ET
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Biden admin works in behalf of Pfizer, Moderna, J&J profits. Biden admin does not require illegals to be vaccinated.
Charles Woolley
Charles Woolley Sep 16, 2021 3:01PM ET
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So much for unity and bipartisanship. The States Governors are just exercising the will of the people who elected them. In the coming years, what is hidden from us now will be revealed. God gave us free will for a reason, and certainly not to be taken away by some despicable petty dictator.
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With all due respect. Does he really think a party that sees nothing wrong with ending the lives of babes with a heartbeat can now be entrusted to save lives???
 
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