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Dr. Fauci Says Pfizer FDA Approval Will Bring 'A Lot More' COVID Vaccine Mandates

Newsweek logo Newsweek 8/24/2021 Matthew Impelli
a close up of a bottle: Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that he expects more COVID-19 vaccine mandates after Pfizer received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Above, a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is seen at a pop up vaccine clinic in the Arleta neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, August 23, 2021. © Robyn Beck/Getty Dr. Anthony Fauci said on Tuesday that he expects more COVID-19 vaccine mandates after Pfizer received full approval from the Food and Drug Administration. Above, a vial of Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine is seen at a pop up vaccine clinic in the Arleta neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, August 23, 2021.

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's leading infectious disease expert, said on Tuesday that he expects "a lot more" COVID-19 vaccine mandates after the Pfizer vaccine received full approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

While appearing on MSNBC's Morning Joe, Fauci said, "you're gonna see a lot more [vaccine] mandates because there will be institutions and organizations which previously were reluctant to require vaccinations, which will now feel much more empowered to do that."

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"That could be organizations, businesses, colleges, universities. We're even seeing it with the military already," Fauci continued.

Fauci, who serves as the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and the Chief Medical Advisor to President Joe Biden, made similar comments while appearing on NBC News' Today show on Tuesday morning.

While speaking about the FDA's approval of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, Fauci said "there will be much more enthusiasm in mandating vaccines, be they in corporations, in places of employment, universities, colleges, the military."

While appearing on the Today show, Fauci also suggested that there will be an increase in the number of vaccinations following the FDA approval.

"There's a survey that shows that about 30 percent of the people who have not gotten vaccinated and had been reluctant to get vaccinated have said that once they get what they consider the stamp of approval, the final imprimatur from the FDA, that they would very seriously consider getting vaccinated," Fauci said. "All of that, I believe, will contribute greatly to the number of people vaccinated."

This is a breaking news story and will be updated when more information becomes available.

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