“I’m wondering where you stand on that,” moderator Anderson Cooper asked Biden during a live CNN town hall event. “Should police officers, first responders be mandated to get vaccines? And if not, should they be mandated to stay at home, let go?”
“Yes and yes,” Biden answered, going on to claim that he “waited until July to talk about mandating because I tried everything else possible.” He scoffed at the possibility of personnel losses, citing compliance rates in the high 90s among airlines and the military (without mentioning that Southwest Airlines recently backed down from its plans to enforce the mandate).
The federal government considers more than 189 million Americans (57% of the eligible) to be “fully vaccinated,” yet ABC News reported October 6 that more Americans died of COVID-19 this year (353,000) than in all of 2020 (352,000), according to data from Johns Hopkins University.