President Biden said Tuesday he is considering requiring all federal employees to be vaccinated and questioned the intelligence of those who have yet to do so.
“Will you require all federal employees to get vaccinated?” Biden was asked by a reporter after he spoke to members of the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. “That’s under consideration right now, but if you’re not vaccinated, you’re not nearly as smart as I thought you were,” Biden replied, adding, “We have a pandemic because of the unvaccinated, and they’re sowing enormous confusion.”
“The more we learn about this virus and the Delta variation, the more we have to be worried and concerned,” Biden continued. “And only one thing we know for sure, if those other hundred million people got vaccinated, we would be in a very different world.” Biden took a moment during his speech to thank his team.
“Because the people I most want to honor and thank today are the intelligence professionals whose names the public is never, ever going to know, never have any notion of what you’ve done for us: the analysts; the linguists; the collectors and field officers; scientists; support staff; so many others who are real experts, whose careers started much longer before my administration and whose service to our nation is going to extend well beyond my presidency.”
The Biden administration has previously opposed federal agencies requiring employees to be vaccinated and stated recently that White House staff are not being forced to take the vaccine.
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