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President Biden on Thursday laid out far-reaching coronavirus vaccination mandates and other plans to fight the pandemic that resurged this summer in the United States with the highly contagious delta variant.

The measures will affect tens of millions of Americans and include mandatory coronavirus vaccination for all federal employees and contractors; vaccine mandates for workers at businesses with 100 or more employees; mandatory paid time off for workers to get shots; and immunization requirements for the workforces of all health facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding.

Here’s what to know

  • Biden announced new measures in schools, calling on governors to require vaccinations for all teachers and school staff. The administration will also give financial help to school districts that face penalties for defying state rules to enact mask mandates.
  • Los Angeles, the nation’s second-largest school district, just mandated vaccination against the coronavirus for students 12 and older.
  • U.S. Postal Service workers were not included in Biden’s executive order requiring all federal employees to get vaccinated against the coronavirus.
  • The Department of Defense will double its clinician teams sent to strained hospitals, the Biden administration said, and the government will also increase its shipments of free monoclonal antibody treatments — shown to reduce the risk of covid-19 hospitalization — to states this month.
  • The Transportation Security Administration will double fines on travelers who refuse to wear masks, Biden said.