Dr. Anthony Fauci, President Joe Biden’s top medical advisor who has been a major figure in the nation’s response to the pandemic from day one, said this week that once the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) fully approve COVID-19 vaccinations that it will “empower” entities like schools and businesses to mandate vaccines.
While nearly 70% of American adults have had at least one shot of the novel coronavirus vaccine, those produced by Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson have been administered under emergency use authorization for the FDA.
Speaking to “Meet the Press” on Sunday, Fauci predicted that the full, proper approval for the vaccines could soon come from the federal agency, which he predicts could add more weight to the push for schools, businesses, and other public entities to require individuals show proof of vaccination status to attend classes or go to work.
“I hope — I don’t predict — I hope that it will be within the next few weeks. I hope it’s within the month of August,” Fauci said. “If that’s the case, you’re going to see the empowerment of local enterprises, giving mandates that could be colleges, universities, places of business, a whole variety and I strongly support that. The time has come. … We’ve got to go the extra step to get people vaccinated.”
As health advisor to the president, Dr. Fauci does not have any authority to impose mandates, but he has the ear of the man that does.
The Biden administration has issued vaccine mandates for federal agencies or be subject to regular testing and mask mandates.
While last week, President Joe Biden’s announcement about vaccine mandates for federal employees did not include members of the military, this week, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced the COVID-19 vaccine would be required for troops as well.
As The Associated Press notes, the Biden administration has said they will not pursue mandates beyond federal agencies, yet are encouraging state and local governments as well as private businesses and schools to impose such requirements.
This week, California became the first state to require that all teachers and school employees receive vaccinations or be subject to regular testing.
Several major U.S. companies have required their employees show proof of full vaccination status to be allowed to return to in-person work, such as Disney, Walmart, Microsoft, Google, and Facebook. Last week, CNN revealed that they had fired three employees for showing up to work unvaccinated.
While United Airlines has also issued this requirement for employees, Southwest, American, and Delta airlines have broken with corporate America by each announcing this week they will not make such requirements of their employees.
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