September 24, 2021

Biden’s vaccine mandate could be a shot in the arm for U.S. economy, experts say

President Joe Biden’s sweeping vaccine mandate aims to protect more Americans from COVID-19 by requiring that millions of employees at large companies get the shot. Beyond boosting public health, the mandate has another goal: To get the U.S. economic recovery back on track after the Delta variant’s spread crimped job growth and consumer confidence. 

“We cannot let the unvaccinated [undo] this progress,” Mr. Biden said on Thursday when he announced the mandate, noting that the spike in COVID-19 cases has slowed the nation’s recovery. 

In Mr. Biden’s eyes, the vaccine mandate — which requires all employers with 100 or more employees ensure their workforces are fully vaccinated or show a negative COVID test at least once a week — will not only protect lives, but the economy. And economists say the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant has underscored that the economy…

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