Biden urges vaccine mandates NOT to divide us, says rules for companies ‘coming soon’ and condemns ‘misinformation’ about delays in the Southwest in a six-minute speech in which he didn’t answer questions
- President Joe Biden gave a six-minute COVID-19 update from the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus on Thursday.
- “Let’s be clear, vaccination requirements shouldn’t be another problem dividing us,” Biden said
- He condemned ‘misinformation’, including that vaccine mandates contributed to Southwest Airlines flight delays
- Biden also said OSHA rule that would mandate vaccines for employees of companies with more than 100 people would come ‘soon’
- After his brief remarks, the president walked away from the podium, ignoring questions from journalists in the audience
President Joe Biden urged that vaccine mandates should not be distributed to Americans, saying that corporate guidelines are “coming soon” and condemning “misinformation,” including that vaccine mandates were responsible for airline delays in the Southwest.
The president gave a six-minute COVID-19 update from the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus on Thursday — then walked away as reporters yelled questions.
“Let’s be clear, vaccination requirements shouldn’t be another problem that divides us,” Biden said. “That’s why I keep fighting the misinformation out there.”
President Joe Biden spoke for six minutes on Thursday and delivered a COVID-19 update. He left the stage without asking questions
President Joe Biden takes off his mask as he delivers a short speech from the South Court Auditorium on Thursday
President Joe Biden left the podium ignoring reporters’ questions after a brief COVID-19 update Thursday
He then pointed to Southwest Airlines, noting that “the head of the pilots’ union and the CEO rebuffed critics who argued that vaccination mandates contributed to flight disruptions.”
“School board members, religious leaders and doctors across the country are fighting misinformation and educating people about the importance of vaccines,” Biden continued.
Southwest was plagued by delays and cancellations this weekend as travelers took to the skies again, but airlines face staff shortages after downsizing during the pandemic.
Conservatives pointed to the budget airline’s decision to have employees vaccinated against COVID-19 as the reason for the delays.
There is no evidence that that is the case.
“To be clear, none of the information from Southwest, the Pilots’ Union or the FAA indicates that this weekend’s cancellations were related to vaccine mandates,” the Federal Aviation Administration tweeted Monday night,” the FAA said in a tweet. .
While companies can mandate vaccines for their employees, it’s unclear when the government’s broader mandate will take effect.
On Tuesday, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration submitted the proposed rule that would require vaccines for companies with more than 100 people to the Office of Management and Budget.
The rule will be implemented once OMB assessment is completed and published in the Federal Register
“The Department of Labor will soon issue an emergency rule for companies with 100 or more employees to implement vaccination requirements among their staff,” Biden said on Thursday.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to provide a timeline on Wednesday when asked about the rule.
“We, as a … long-standing practice, don’t comment on the timeline of how long that will take, because we want that process to happen,” she replied. “But, you know, it should be an indication that it’s there and it’s under review now.”
‘And once it’s completed and through the [Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs] process and review, it will be publicly posted on the Federal Register and all of you will have access to every detail of it,” Psaki added.