President Biden said Thursday that the number of unvaccinated Americans remained "unacceptably high," but insisted his administration is vaccines for federal workforce and private employers "work " to ensure that more people get vaccines to protect themselves against COVID-19 .
During the White House speech on Thursday, the president touted his administration's "progress " in the "fight against the virus.
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"We are making progress nationally. Daily cases are down 47%, hospitalizations down 38% in the past six weeks, "Biden said." In the past two weeks, most of the country has also improved . Case rates are dropping in 39 states and hospitalization rates dropping in 38 states. "
The President, however, said it " is still an unacceptably high number high in unvaccinated people. "
" Now is not the time to let go. We have a lot more to do, "the President said, adding that the United States is " in a very critical time "as we strive to embrace COVID-19.
President Joe Biden provides an update on the COVID-19 response and vaccination program, in the South Court auditorium on the White House campus, on Thursday, October 14, 2021, in Washington (AP Photo / Evan Vucci) (AP Photo / Evan Vucci)
"First, we need to do more to immunize 66 million unvaccinated people in America "he said. " It 's essential. "
The president then touted the requirements in mof vaccines that he put in place during the summer. Biden signed an executive order last month requiring all executive workers to be vaccinated against COVID -19. Biden also signed an order requiring companies with more than 100 employees to impose coronavirus vaccinations.
"They are working ", he said. "The Department of Labor will do this soon. Be me issuing an emergency rule for companies with 100 or more employees to implement vaccination requirements.
He added : "Every day we see more and more companies implementing immunization requirements and growing data shows they are working.
Biden said companies and organizations implementing the requirements are seeing vaccination rateswe "increase on average by 20% or more, reaching well over 90% of the number of employees vaccinated.
" Let's be clear, vaccination requirements should not being another problem that