Biden says unvaccinated Americans are 'costing all of us' as he presses Covid vaccine mandates

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U.S. President Joe Biden answers questions from the media successful the State Dining Room astatine the White House successful Washington, U.S., September 24, 2021.

Evelyn Hockstein | Reuters

President Joe Biden connected Friday blamed unvaccinated Americans for slowing down the U.S. economical recovery, accusing immoderate elected officials of actively trying to undermine the administration's efforts to combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Biden's comments came hours aft the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention approved distributing Pfizer and BioNTech's booster shots to astir 60 cardinal Americans.

"The immense bulk of Americans are doing the close thing," Biden said successful addressing the nation, noting that three-fourths of those eligible person have gotten astatine slightest 1 shot. He criticized the much than 70 cardinal radical who haven't yet started the vaccination process. "And to marque matters worse, determination are elected officials actively moving to undermine with mendacious accusation the combat against Covid-19. This is wholly unacceptable."

Economists person brought down expectations for the backmost fractional of the twelvemonth pursuing a drawstring of disappointing economical reports. The U.S. system added conscionable 235,000 jobs successful August, good abbreviated of expectations for a 720,000 summation from economists polled by Dow Jones. This week, the Federal Reserve forecast 2021 GDP to emergence astatine a 5.9% yearly pace, down from its erstwhile forecast of 7% growth.