Dr. Anthony Fauci said Sunday the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) potential coronavirus vaccine approval will push private entities to mandate shots.
“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 about the FDA’s outstanding approval of the vaccine. “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.”
“Mandates at the local level need to be done,” Fauci added. “The time has come. … We’ve got to go the extra step to get people vaccinated.”
Fauci also told CNN’s Jake Tapper on July 11 that vaccine mandates should be implemented at a local level, as a federal vaccine mandate for American citizens is still being reviewed, President Joe Biden has stated.
“I have been of this opinion, and I remain of that opinion, that I do believe at the local level, Jake, there should be more mandates. There really should be. We’re talking about life and death situations, Fauci said before suggesting FDA approval would bolster local communities to mandate vaccines.