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The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered all military personnel to wear indoor masks regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not. The purpose is to respond to President Joe Biden’s efforts to combat the novel coronavirus infection (COVID-19).
In a statement on the 29th (local time), Pentagon spokesman Jamal Brown said, “In accordance with the mask wearing guidelines announced by the president today, all soldiers and civilians in military facilities must prove that they have been vaccinated.” You should wear a mask, maintain social distancing, and get regular checkups.”
“In addition, Secretary Lloyd Austin, in consultation with medical experts and the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will determine when and how to complete vaccinations for all members of the military,” Brown said.
“We also continue to provide vaccines to our dispatched staff and their families around the world,” he added.
“COVID-19 continues to pose a significant threat to national security,” he said.
Earlier in the day, President Biden formally enforced stricter quarantine guidelines, urging all Americans to follow health authorities’ guidelines for wearing masks in a speech at the White House on the same day. He also instructed the Ministry of National Defense to submit a plan for mandatory military vaccination.
The strengthened quarantine guidelines reflect recommendations made by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at a press conference on the 27th. 12) School and kindergarten teachers and students are advised to wear a mask indoors regardless of whether they are vaccinated or not.
In addition, the US government is simultaneously pushing for indirect compulsory and incentives to encourage vaccination. Federal and participating state government officials are required to submit weekly negative COVID-19 test results if they are unable to provide proof of vaccination. In addition, it has introduced a cash aid plan that gives 100 dollars (about 110,000 won) if you get the vaccine.
“We must protect each other by wearing masks and work to get more people vaccinated to stop the spread of the virus,” Biden said.