Dr. Anthony Fauci, Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testified at a hearing of the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Employment and Pensions at the Senate Office of the Senate. Dirksen on July 20, 2021 in Washington, DC.
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White House officials Covid asked private employers to send the vaccines in a briefing Tuesday, a day after the Food and Drug Administration agreed to Pfizer for its coronavirus vaccine.
Many companies have responded to the summer growth of Covid cases by eliminating vaccination requirements for all or part of their U.S. staff, including Google, Facebook and United Airlines. But others have avoided vaccination mandates, both to give the FDA time to approve a full license and to prevent hesitant workers from getting vaccinated.
“If you’re a business, a for-profit, a state or local leader waiting for full and final FDA approval before implementing vaccination requirements, now is the time,” said Jeffrey Zients, coordinator of the response to the White House coronavirus briefing. “You have the power to protect your communities and help end the pandemic due to vaccination needs.”
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission allows immunization warrants for any personnel returning to office provided that companies provide exemptions in accordance with the American Disability Act and the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The warrants have sparked controversy over last year, with several states restricting mask and vaccine requirements in government, education and private enterprise.
The briefing comes after President Joe Biden on Monday asked companies and local officials to begin imposing vaccination warrants in light of full FDA approval. Biden previously announced that federal workers would undergo weekly Covid tests and wear masks if they decided not to vaccinate, with his administration issuing similar directives for the Departments of Health and Human Services and Veterans Affairs.
“Do what I did last month: Ask your employees to get vaccinated or meet strict requirements,” Biden said Monday.
Vaccination could help control Covid-19 by spring 2022, according to the president’s chief medical adviser, Dr. Anthony Fauci.
“I would like to appeal to the people of the country who are not vaccinated to understand that we have the ability among ourselves to essentially reduce the time to reach the end of this pandemic,” Fauci said during the briefing Tuesday. “Get vaccinated and time will be cut dramatically.”
The United States reported a seven-day average of more than 150,000 new cases of coronavirus as of Monday, a 12% increase from a week ago, according to a CNBC analysis of data from Johns Hopkins University. Motivated by the highly transmissible delta variant, some local governments have already begun to impose vaccination mandates on selected companies.
In San Francisco, customers of the city’s indoor restaurants, gyms and entertainment centers must now provide a full vaccination test at the entrance, while employees must do the same by Oct. 13. Employers and staff are welcome. required to receive only one dose of vaccination by September 13th.