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Cases rise in US, Biden calls on states to offer $100 vaccine incentive

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As COVID cases in the US rise – President Biden is calling for vaccine incentives

Biden has called for states to offer $100 to new vaccine recipients, in an effort to address flagging jab rates amid virus surges.

The US President also issued a strict new vaccine requirement for US federal workers – the nation’s largest employer with approximately two million people.

The order requires employees to show proof of vaccination or be subjected to mandatory testing and masking

According to official data, just under half of the US is fully vaccinated.

Speaking from the White House on Thursday, Mr Biden said that the new measures are a result of the highly contagious Delta variant’s spread, made worse by a “pandemic of the unvaccinated”.

“People are dying and will die who don’t have to die,”

Biden said

However, the President added that the monetary incentive may seem unfair to already vaccinated Americans, but stated “we all benefit if we can get more people vaccinated”.

States would use money from the $1.9tn American Rescue Plan legislation to fund the incentives.

Mr. Biden said that the federal government will be “fully reimbursing” small or medium-sized businesses that provide workers paid time off to get vaccinated.

While government employees who refuse to get vaccinated will not be fired, this move by the White House aims to set an example for other employers nationwide.

President Biden also addressed theories, spreading mostly in conservative circles, that the jabs are unsafe.

He emphasised there “is nothing political” about the vaccines, which were developed and authorised under a Republican administration and further distributed under his.

Last month, a study showed that over 99% of coronavirus deaths have been among the unvaccinated.

Nearly 70% of adults have received at least one jab.

But vaccination rates are varied across the country. Southern and western regions, which are now experiencing Covid outbreaks, have much lower rates.

It comes as virus-related deaths climb to around 2,000 per week. New cases are now at their highest point in the last three months, with about 60,000 being recorded per day.

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The allure of Australia lies not only in its picturesque locations but also in its competitive financial incentives.

The government offers generous rebates and tax breaks to international productions, making it an attractive proposition for filmmakers looking to maximise their budgets.

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U.S. home prices surge 47%

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American home prices are rising at faster pace now than in the last 20-years.

A recent analysis reveals a jaw dropping surge in the cost of American homes.

Since the start of 2020, U.S. home prices have surged 47% easily outstripping the gains seen in recent decades.

On top of that, home price growth so far this decade is on the verge of surpassing all the growth seen in the 2000s.

Many experts believe this decade’s housing market frenzy was ignited by a perfect storm — the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic triggering an unprecedented rush among buyers.

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