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As recently as a month ago, President Biden appeared to be skeptical about imposing coronavirus vaccine mandates. Now that skepticism has given way to a suite of policies that aim to force the hands of the unvaccinated.
What has changed?
The Biden administration has come to believe that it has hit a limit on voluntary vaccinations — and the consequences can be seen in coronavirus death rates and the performance of the economy.
We explore the president’s decision and the nature of the backlash to it.
On today’s episode
Jim Tankersley, a White House correspondent for The New York Times.
Mr. Biden’s new vaccination efforts reflect the continuing and evolving threat the pandemic poses to the economic recovery.
Will the measures stem the flood of infections? The answer: Yes, in the longer term.
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Jim Tankersley contributed reporting.
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