White House coronavirus lead Dr. Anthony Fauci suggested on Sunday that local areas should issue COVID-19 vaccine mandates, claiming it is a “life-and-death situation.”
The remarks came during an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Fauci said, “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,” The Blaze reported.
He added, “We’re talking about life-and-death situations. We have lost 600,000 Americans already, and we’re still losing more people. There have been 4 million deaths worldwide. This is serious business. So, I am in favor of that.”
Fauci also noted, “I think the hesitancy at the local level of doing mandates is because the vaccines have not been officially fully approved.
“But people need to understand that the amount of data right now that shows a high degree of effectiveness and a high degree of safety is more than we have ever seen with emergency use authorization.”
Fauci is not the first to advocate for a vaccine mandate. CNN’s Julian Zelizer said last week that the vaccine should become mandatory, despite falling numbers of coronavirus cases and hospitalizations.
The Biden administration has said it would not federally mandate the COVID-19 vaccine. In addition, the Biden administration has noted it would not federally mandate a vaccine passport, but would leave the decision to private companies or communities.
If vaccines do become mandated, the nation will enter a time of even greater controversy, as many Americans continue to resist taking the vaccine or having the government require it.