President Biden held a press conference to discuss the COVID-19 vaccination program in the State Dining room Wednesday, but stumbled when it came to reciting the website that’s meant to “make it easier than ever to get vaccinated.”
“Visit vaccines.gum .gov – vaccines.gum – or text to, text your zip code to 438829,” Biden said during his address.
In an effort to encourage more Americans to get vaccinated, Biden promised that things could get “back to normal” as soon as July 4th. “But we’re not there yet,” Biden said. He then went on to stumble over the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention acronym. “That’s why I’m asking people to continue to follow the CCD guide- — CDC guidelines as we work to get more — more people vaccinated.”
“We’re also going to slip vaccines directly to pediatricians — ship them to pediatricians during the following weeks,” Biden stumbled for the third time.
Biden also announced that by July 4th, he plans to send 10% of the country’s vaccine doses to other countries in need.
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American and Southwest stand by vaccine mandate, despite Abbott’s ban
American Airlines and Southwest Airlines are still planning to comply with President Biden’s executive order regarding the COVID-19 vaccine. The order requires all their employees to be vaccinated by Dec. 8t. As a result, they will be ignoring Texas Governor Greg Abbott’s ban on vaccine mandates.
Folks, vaccination requirements work. pic.twitter.com/XuBsOQxGaN— President Biden (@POTUS) October 9, 2021
Abbott announced his own executive order, effectively banning mandates even from private employers, on Tuesday. “In another instance of federal overreach, the Biden Administration is now bullying many private entities into imposing COVID-19 vaccine mandates, causing workforce disruptions that threaten Texas’ continued recovery from the COVID-19 disaster,” Abbott said. “The COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective, and our best defense against the virus, but should remain voluntary and never forced.”
Yet both airlines are requiring their employees to be vaccinated by Nov. 24. This comes despite Southwest’s impromptu cancellation of over 2,000 flights over the weekend. At the time, the airline blamed the cancellations on air traffic control and weather conditions. However, SaraACarter.com was unable to verify that any other airline had to cancel near as many flights for the same reasons. This has left many to speculate that Southwest actually cancelled flights due to their employees walking out as a direct result of the mandate.
Reporter Jack Posobiec tweeted out a flyer circulating among the anti-vaxx Southwest employees. Currently, they are planning a protest outside of Southwest headquarters next Monday. The protest will be called “Freedom Not Force.”
Southwest told Reuters it “would be expected to comply with the President’s Order to remain compliant as a federal contractor.” In addition, American similarly said Abbott’s order does not change anything.
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