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Biden to unveil new COVID steps before U.N. meets

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BIDEN: "I'll be announcing additional steps to help the rest of the world later this month."

U.S. President Joe Biden will announce new steps to slow the spread of COVID-19 before the U.N. General Assembly meets on Tuesday.

That's according to Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, who said on CNN Sunday: "There will be more actions that we continue to work on, especially on the global front."

Murthy did not specify what those actions would be. He also defended Biden's efforts to expand the vaccination effort in the United States.

BIDEN: "We also know this virus transcends borders."

Biden on Thursday said he would require federal workers to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and mandate that large employers either require their workers to be vaccinated or get tested regularly.

Biden also said the United States had donated 140 million vaccine doses to more than 90 other countries.

BIDEN: "...more than all other countries combined, including Europe, China and Russia combined. That's American leadership on a global stage, and that's just the beginning."

The next session of the General Assembly opens Tuesday; the first day of general debate will be the following week.

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