President Joe Biden’s chief medical adviser Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Monday, Aug. 23, that the time has come for the whole country to get vaccinated after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted full approval to the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine.
In an interview with CNN, Fauci said some polls have shown that about 30% of people are not anti-vax and are just waiting to get the real final stamp of approval, “which we just got today with the Pfizer product.”
“And those 30% are saying when that occurs, they will feel very, very comfortable about getting vaccinated. So right away, you’re talking about 30%,” he said. “I hope they come through with what the survey said.”
Fauci said, “They’re going to give a lot of incentive and backing for a lot of institutions and organizations and places of employment to mandate, and that could be colleges, university, the military, organizations that employ a lot of people, some of the big corporations are going to say if you want to work for us in person, you’ve got to be there and get vaccinated.”
The White House coronavirus czar then claimed that he honors people’s freedom, but said it is time for businesses, colleges, and the military to “mandate” vaccines.
“I know I respect people’s freedom, but when you’re talking about a public health crisis that we’ve been going through for well over a year and a half, the time has come. Enough is enough. We’ve just got to get people vaccinated,” Fauci said.
“If we keep lingering without getting those people vaccinated that should be vaccinated, this thing could linger on, leading to the development of another variant which could complicate things,” he said.
During Monday’s interview, Fauci also walked back his prediction that the United States can get control of COVID-19 or CCP (Chinese Communist Party (CCP) virus pandemic by the fall of 2022.
“I have to apologize,” he told CNN anchor Anderson Cooper. “When I listened to the tape, I meant to say the spring of 2022, so I did misspeak. And in the conversation with Mary Lousie Kelly, she was saying, when do I think we can get some control? I said if we can get through this winter and get really the overwhelming majority of the 90 million people who have not been vaccinated, vaccinated, I hope we could start to get some good control in the spring of 2022. I didn’t mean the fall. I misspoke, my bad.”
Fauci was referring to the comment he made on NPR earlier on Monday when he said that if enough people get vaccinated, the United States could “really get some good control over this” by the fall or winter of next year.
Fauci made his comments after President Joe Biden called on private companies to step up with vaccine mandates after the FDA approved the Pfizer vaccine.