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The power of the purse

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Good, and this absolutely needs to happen:

The Biden administration is considering using federal regulatory powers and the threat of withholding federal funds from institutions to push more Americans to get vaccinated — a huge potential shift in the fight against the virus and a far more muscular approach to getting shots into arms, according to four people familiar with the deliberations.

The effort could apply to institutions as varied as long-term-care facilities, cruise ships and universities, potentially impacting millions of Americans, according to the people, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive conversations.

Contexts where vaccine mandates have long been in place are the most obvious place to start. Above all, we need to start seeing this as a collective problem requiring collective action and not as a matter of individual consumer choice.

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