Biden Will Announce Plan Next Month to Help Rest of World With COVID-19 Pandemic

© REUTERS / KEVIN LAMARQUEU.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Delta variant and his administration's efforts to increase vaccinations, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 9, 2021.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the Delta variant and his administration's efforts to increase vaccinations, from the State Dining Room of the White House in Washington, U.S., September 9, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 09.09.2021
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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) - US President Joe Biden said during remarks about his new COVID-19 response plan that he will also be announcing additional steps next month to help the international community as well.
"I’ll be announcing additional steps to help the rest of the world later this month," Biden said on Thursday.
The US president said the United States will be donating another 500 million Pfizer vaccine doses to lower-income countries in need of them.
Biden reiterated that the United States has already donated more vaccines to other states than all other countries combined.
Biden's new COVID-19 strategy includes mandating vaccines for federal government employees and contractors and calls on state governors to mandate vaccines for teachers as well as expand testing accessibility.

"It is essential that federal employees take all available steps to protect themselves and avoid spreading COVID-19 to their co-workers and members of the public. The CDC [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention] has found that the best way to do so is to be vaccinated," Biden said.

It also includes a new rule from the Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that requires all companies with 100 or more workers to demand the workers to either get vaccinated or be subjected to weekly testing.
U.S. President Joe Biden delivers remarks at the White House at a celebration of Independence Day in Washington, U.S., July 4, 2021. - Sputnik International, 1920, 04.09.2021
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