Dr. Anthony Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday’s edition of “State of the Union” that vaccines should be mandated on a “local level.” Covid-19 vaccines in the United States are currently under an emergency use authorization rather than full approval by the Food and Drug Administration. However, Fauci predicted that once the vaccines receive full FDA approval, we would see “a lot more mandates.” Fauci also told Tapper that “these vaccines are as good as officially approved with all the I’s dotted and the T’s crossed. It hasn’t been done yet because the FDA has to do certain things, but it’s as good as done.” Fauci did not specifically mention what the FDA needs to do to grant the vaccines full, official approval. The Biden Administration has stopped short of suggesting a national vaccine mandate but has said they plan to go door-to-door to inform Americans of the wonders of inoculation.
Dr. Fauci is not the only person pushing for vaccine mandates. A recent op-ed by CNN contributor Julian Zelizer insists “collective obligations have always been part of what actually makes America great.” Zelizer goes on to say, “requiring vaccination must be at the heart of our public health agenda.”
Leana Wen of CNN and the Washington Post took to Twitter to urge the Biden administration to “get behind vaccine requirements.”
President Biden announced more education & outreach to increase #covid19 vaccinations.
This is all tinkering around the edges. We need dramatic action.
It's time for Biden to get behind vaccine requirements, beginning with his own White House events.🧵https://t.co/Y4xmVXeLcW
— Leana Wen, M.D. (@DrLeanaWen) July 6, 2021
Wen also suggested on a CNN panel discussion that life should be made difficult for those who chose not to get vaccinated. “We need to make vaccination the easy choice, it needs to be hard for people to remain unvaccinated… Hey, you can opt-out, but if you want to opt-out, you have to sign these forms, you have to get twice-weekly testing,” she said.
ICYMI – CNN medical contributor Leana Wen says that life needs to be "hard" for unvaccinated Americans, with "twice weekly testings."pic.twitter.com/Tl6nGpH4Lv
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) July 11, 2021
Wen, a fierce supporter of vaccines, once famously said, “we have a very narrow window to tie reopening policy to vaccination status… if everything is reopened, then what’s the carrot going to be? How are we going to incentivize people to actually get the vaccine?” She also penned an op-ed in the Washington Post suggesting the Biden Administration make vaccines mandatory.
This push for mandatory vaccinations comes on the heels of Pfizer announcing they would be seeking approval for a third dose of its covid-19 vaccine. As well as Fauci recently stating that the vaccine-hesitant population should “get over it,” and vaccines should not be made political, despite the Vice President on record making the vaccine purely political.
While some have praised Fauci for his seemingly scientific points of view, others remain critical of his ever-evolving pseudo-scientific recommendations. At one point, Fauci stated that we would be lucky to have a vaccine in 12-18 months and that masks were unnecessary but “might block a droplet.” We have already seen push back against Biden’s proposed door-to-door vaccination efforts and calls to end mask mandates on public transit. It seems as though these battles over vaccine requirements and mask mandates are just getting started.