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Thousands of US intelligence officers face dismissal for refusing Covid-19 vaccinations

Source : 112 Ukraine

At the end of October, several intelligence agencies had not vaccinated at least 20% of the total number of employees
15:19, 5 November 2021

NBC News

Thousands of US intelligence officials face dismissal for refusing to be vaccinated against Covid-19 as Associated Press reported.

“Thousands of intelligence officers could soon face dismissal for failing to comply with the U.S. government’s vaccine mandate,” the message says.

It is noted that at the end of October, several intelligence agencies had not vaccinated at least 20% of the number of employees. Agency names remain classified.

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US congressmen and senators express concern about the current situation, because intelligence officers are essential to the country's security. Moreover, intelligence officers are particularly difficult to replace because of the highly specialized work they do and the difficulty in completing security clearance checks.

However, according to the government's decision, employees of intelligence agencies can have time to get vaccinated before November 22. It is estimated that US intelligence employs make about 100,000 people.

We remind that US President Joe Biden issued several decrees to increase the level of vaccinations in the country, which especially affects federal employees, contractors and medical workers.

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Over the past 24 hours, more than 83,000 Covid-19 cases have been identified in the United States, more than 1,000 deaths reported. About 70% of American adults are now fully vaccinated, and 80% have received at least one dose of the vaccine. Over the entire time of the pandemic, more than 750,000 people have died from Covid-19 in the country.

As we reported, the Covid-19 pandemic has led to a reduction in life expectancy in many industrial countries in 2020. In total, the issue is about the loss of almost 28 million years of life.

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