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US federal workers to prove vaccination or mask up

SHOTLIST:RESTRICTION SUMMARY:ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 29 July 20211. Wide of tourists taking photos of the White HouseUS NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 29 July 20212. U.S. President Joe Biden walks into East RoomANNOTATION: President Joe Biden is giving unvaccinated federal workers an ulitmatum: Prove you got the shot, or else face mandatory testing and masking at work.3. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:++PARTIALLY COVERED++"Every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status. Anyone who does not attest or is not vaccinated will be required to mask no matter where they work. Test one or two times a week to see if they've acquired covid, socially distance and generally will not be allowed to travel for work."ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 29 July 20214. Various of people wearing face masks as they enter a U.S. District Court building5. Wide of people in masks walking by the courtASSOCIATED PRESSAtlanta - 29 July 20216. Various exteriors of the main entrance to the Centers Disease Control and Prevention buildingANNOTATION: New guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging all Americans, vaccinated and not, to mask up where COVID-19 is surging.ASSOCIATED PRESSNew York - 29 July 20217. Mid of people wearing masks outside a federal court building8. Close of sign on the court building saying face masks are requiredASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 29 July 20219. Mid of people wearing masks outside the Department of Veteran Affairs HeadquartersUS NETWORK POOLWashington, DC - 29 July 202110. SOUNDBITE (English) Joe Biden, U.S. President:"And I hope all Americans who live in areas with substantial or high case of rates will follow the mask guidance being laid down by the CDC. I certainly will. And I have, because this is one of those areas in Washington. And at my decision, my direction, all federal personnel and visitors to federal buildings will have to do the same thing. As I said from the beginning, a mask is not a political statement, it's about protecting yourself and protecting others. Masking is one defense against the spread of COVID-19. But make no mistake, vaccines are the best defense against you getting severely ill from COVID-19, the very best defense."ASSOCIATED PRESSWashington DC - 29 July 202111. Wide of officer walking by a Department of Veteran Affairs sign12. Close of social distancing sign outside VA headquarters13. A federal worker wearing a face masks enter VA headquartersANNOTATION: On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to require vaccinations, for its health workers.STORYLINE:The nation's millions of federal workers will be required to verify they've been vaccinated against the coronavirus or else face mandatory masking, weekly testing, distancing and other new rules, the Biden administration announced Thursday.The newly strict guidelines are aimed at boosting sluggish vaccination rates among the four million of Americans who draw federal paychecks and to set an example for private employers around the country."Every federal government employee will be asked to attest to their vaccination status," President Joe Biden said during an address in the East Room. "Anyone who does not attest or is not vaccinated will be required to mask no matter where they work. Test one or two times a week to see if they've acquired covid, socially distance and generally will not be allowed to travel for work," Biden added.Rather than mandating that federal workers receive vaccines, the plan will make life more difficult for those who are unvaccinated to encourage them to comply.Earlier this week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reversed its masking guidelines and said that all Americans living in areas with substantial or high coronavirus transmission rates should wear masks indoors, regardless of their vaccination status.With the latest CDC data showing that Washington, D.C., is facing substantial rates of transmission, by Wednesday reporters and staff were again masking up at the White House."As I said from the beginning, a mask is not a political statement, it's about protecting yourself and protecting others," Biden said. "Masking is one defense against the spread of COVID-19. But make no mistake, vaccines are the best defense against you getting severely ill from COVID-19, the very best defense."On Monday, the Department of Veterans Affairs became the first federal agency to require vaccinations, for its health workers. About 60% of American adults have been fully vaccinated. Biden had set a July 4 goal to get at least one shot in 70% of adults and is still not quite there. 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