Biden Pushes Business Leaders to Require Vaccination After FDA Approves Pfizer Shot
Washington D.C. – President Joe Biden is calling for business leaders to impose COVID-19 vaccination requirements on employees.
Speaking at a press conference on Monday, President Biden said “it only makes sense” for private businesses to require vaccination as a condition of employment.
“Today I am calling on more companies in the private sector to step up the vaccine requirements that will reach millions more people,” Mr. Biden stated. “If you’re a business leader, a non-profit leader, a state or local leader who has been waiting for full U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to require vaccinations I call on you now to do that… require it.”
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The President’s urging came on the same day the FDA granted full approval to the first COVID-19 vaccine.
Despite the fact that medical trials of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 Vaccine are not set to conclude until April 2023, the FDA has granted its full and final approval.
“While this and other vaccines have met the FDA’s rigorous, scientific standards for emergency use authorization, as the first FDA-approved COVID-19 vaccine, the public can be very confident that this vaccine meets the high standards for safety, effectiveness, and manufacturing quality the FDA requires of an approved product,” said Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock.
The Pfizer shot will now be marketed as Comirnaty (koe-mir’-na-tee) and made available to Americans 16 years of age and older.
Currently, more than 170 million Americans have been fully vaccinated with more than 200 million having received at least one shot.
Mr. Biden quickly seized the moment to counter those who have been hesitant to take the jab over concerns the vaccine was not fully approved.
“Let me say this loudly and clearly, if you are one of the millions of Americans who’ve said that they will not get the shot until it has full and final approval of the FDA it is now happened. The moment you’ve been waiting for is here. It’s time for you to go and get your vaccination,” President Biden implored.
However, critics of vaccination mandates such as the non-profit America’s Frontline Doctors (AFLDS) say the FDA’s approval process is “politicized.”
Founder of AFLDS, Dr. Simone Gold, called FDA’s decision “the most deadly medication ‘approval’ in history.”
Gold graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School to earn her Juris Doctorate degree.
She has also worked in Washington, D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well as for the Chairman of the U.S. Senate Labor and Human Resources Committee.
“The vaccine of course is still experimental (with no long term testing) [and] employers, schools, businesses [and] governments will continue to illegally mandate people to take it,” she said. “Full approval from a politicized FDA does not trump our God given rights, and constitutional protections to exercise these rights.”
AFLDS is vowing to fight such mandates in court.
The trucking industry also continues to wrestle with this issue.
As Transportation Nation Network (TNN) first reported, Tyson Foods is requiring its fleet of more than 2,500 drivers to be vaccinated no later than November 21, 2020, or face termination.
The FDA’s approval could soon prompt other carriers to do the same.
TNN will continue to keep a close watch on new developments.