President Biden is set to travel to Chicago on Thursday to highlight airline vaccination requirements put in place in response to the president’s vaccine mandates for businesses.
“We’re seeing strong movement and early action toward vaccine requirements across industries and, importantly, in the airlines industry,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said during a Monday briefing.
Biden announced sweeping vaccine mandates last month, which include requiring federal employees and contractors to get vaccinated with no testing option and ordering businesses with more than 100 employees to require workers to be immunized or face weekly testing.
Numerous airlines, including American, announced vaccination mandates Friday because their work with the government classifies them as federal contractors. United Airlines last week said nearly all of its U.S.-based employees have been vaccinated.
- As the city’s vaccine mandate for public school teachers and staff went into effect on Monday, New York Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) said that 95 percent of the city’s full-time Education Department employees are vaccinated against the coronavirus.
- Top federal infectious-disease expert Anthony S. Fauci said in an interview with ABC’s “This Week” on Sunday that the United States is “turning the corner” on the latest surge in the coronavirus pandemic, but warned vaccinations are key to curbing another surge down the road.
- White House Chief of Staff Ron Klain said Sunday on Twitter that the United States topped a million vaccinations Saturday for the first time in weeks.