\u0022The time for waiting is over,\u0022 President Joe Biden said in a televised address at the White House on Thursday.\r\n\r\nIn an effort to bring the coronavirus pandemic under control as\u0026nbsp;the ultra-contagious Delta variant kills\u0026nbsp;about 1,500 Americans per day and imperils the nation\u0026#039;s fledgling economic recovery, Biden on Thursday announced\u0026nbsp;new vaccine requirements affecting tens of millions of workers in the United States.\r\n\r\nOne of the sweeping new rules, which Biden unveiled during a speech laying out his administration\u0026#039;s plan to contain the pandemic, stipulates that all employers with more than 100 workers require their employees to be fully inoculated against Covid-19 or face weekly testing. The move will impact roughly 80 million individuals, the Associated Press\u0026nbsp;reported.\r\n\r\n\u0022My message to unvaccinated Americans is this,\u0022 said the president: \u0022What more is there to wait for? What more do you need to see? We made vaccinations free, safe, and convenient. The vaccine is FDA approved. Over 200 million Americans have gotten at least one shot. We\u0026#039;ve been patient, but our patience is wearing thin and your refusal has cost all of us.\u0022\r\n\r\nThe new rule targeting large employers will be implemented through the U.S. Labor Department.\r\n\r\n\u0022The requirement for large companies to mandate vaccinations or weekly testing for employees will be enacted through a forthcoming rule from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration that carries penalties of $14,000 per violation,\u0022 AP noted. \u0022The rule would also require that large companies provide paid time off for vaccination.\u0022\r\n\r\nIn addition, the approximately 17 million people who work at healthcare facilities that accept Medicare or Medicaid funding must get vaccinated.\r\n\r\nBiden didn\u0026#039;t conceal his growing frustration with unvaccinated Americans who have refused the shots due to unfounded beliefs and misinformation about their safety or efficacy, some of which has been spewed by elected Republican leaders.\r\n\r\n\u0022We have the tools to combat Covid-19, and a distinct minority of Americans, supported by a distinct minority of elected officials, are keeping us from turning the corner,\u0022 said Biden. \u0022These pandemic politics, as I refer to it, are making people sick, causing unvaccinated people to die.\u0022\r\n\r\nAs Common Dreams reported earlier Thursday, several million more workers will be covered by a new vaccine mandate that requires employees of the executive branch as well as contractors who work with the federal government to be vaccinated, with no option for avoidance through regular testing.\r\n\r\nThe president delivered remarks explaining the new vaccination requirements and other components of his administration\u0026#039;s strategy to tackle the pandemic.\r\n\r\nWatch:\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nBiden also announced that the federal government is working to expand testing.\u0026nbsp;\r\n\r\nAccording to AP:\r\n\r\n\r\n... The White House has secured concessions from retailers including Walmart, Amazon, and Kroger to sell at-home testing kits at cost beginning this week.\r\n\r\nThe administration is also to send additional federal support to assist schools in safely operating, including additional funding for testing. And Biden will call for large entertainment venues and arenas to require vaccinations or proof of a negative test for entry.\r\n\r\n\r\nRepublicans are reportedly already threatening to take legal action against Biden\u0026#039;s new vaccine requirements.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nRecent polling, however, found that 55% of U.S. adults support requiring government workers to be fully inoculated, while just 21% are opposed. In addition, surveys have\u0026nbsp;shown\u0026nbsp;that a majority of Americans are in favor of busineses requiring proof of vaccination for entry.