New federal anti-COVID guidelines coming as Biden mandates vaccine for government workers

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — As the delta variant continues to fuel a surge in COVID-19 cases around the country, killing thousands each week and jeopardizing the nation's economic recovery, President Joe Biden on Thursday is expected to outline a six-pronged federal effort to boost vaccinations and curb the pandemic.

The president is scheduled to speak from the White House at 5 p.m.

In an executive order ahead of the announcement, vaccinations will be required for executive branch employees and contractors who do business with the federal government.

The White House says Biden will also encourage vaccinations for those who haven't had a shot and promote new ways to protect those who are vaccinated. He'll also push efforts to safely keep schools open, as well as new ways to bo