WASHINGTON, DC – SEPTEMBER 03: Joe Biden delivers remarks on the August jobs numbers in the State Dining Room at the White House on September 03, 2021 in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
UPDATED 11:13 AM PT – Thursday, September 9, 2021
Joe Biden is set to announce his new strategy to tackle the latest COVID-19 variant. On Thursday, Biden is expected to unveil his six-point plan centering around both the vaccinated and unvaccinated.
The plan reportedly focuses on boosting testing and increasing requirements for wearing face masks. There have also been reports that suggest Biden will sign an executive order requiring all federal employees to get vaccinated without providing regular testing as a way to opt out.
“As the president has said since day 1, his administration will pull every lever to get the pandemic under control,” said a White House official on Tuesday. “On Thursday, the president will lay out a six-pronged strategy that will help us do just that, working across the public and private sectors.”
This comes as Biden’s recent approval ratings have plummeted amid the chaotic troop withdrawal and following the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan. One political scientist commented saying “the stakes are very high for President Biden leading into this Thursday’s COVID speech.”
Biden is slated to deliver the remarks from the State Dining Room at 5 p.m. EST and 2 p.m. PST.