Medical advisers in President Joe Biden’s administration on Sunday defended the vaccination mandate to tackle the coronavirus. He dismissed objections from some Republican-dominated state governors that the mandate violated people’s freedom to control their own health care.
“When we are in a public health crisis, sometimes unusual situations call for unusual action,” said Dr. Anthony Fauci on the TV show “Fox News Sunday.”
“In this case, things like mandates, whether it’s masks or vaccinations.”
“Those things are very important,” he said. “We don’t live alone as individuals. We live in a society and society must be protected. And we do this not only by protecting ourselves, but by protecting those around us, by getting vaccines.”
Biden has directed businesses across the United States that employ 100 employees or more to require their workers to be vaccinated or undergo routine testing. But it can take several weeks for the directive to take effect.
In addition, Biden has ordered members of the armed forces and civil servants to be vaccinated as soon as possible. If not, they are in danger of being fired.
Biden’s order drew opposition from several military officers who refused vaccination and civil servants who filed lawsuits against the mandate. (vm / jm)