Washington | On Monday, the Secretary of Defense announced that the vaccine against Govt-19 would be mandatory for all members of the US Armed Forces “in mid-September”, a decision “strongly supported” by Joe Biden.
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In a note to Pentagon staff, Lloyd Austin explains that he will ask the Democratic president to formally approve the decision in about five weeks, unless the Pfizer-Bioentech vaccine is obtained before the FDA’s full approval of the US pharmaceutical company.
According to some officials, such approval could come as early as September.
Because the Covit-19 vaccine has so far only received emergency approval from the FDA, the Pentagon, like other vaccines, has not imposed it on its troops.
Unless the President intervenes and decides on an insult, such action will open the door to legal solutions.
In mid-September, Minister Joe Biden said he would make such a waiver if the FDA did not give full approval to the Pfizer-BioTech vaccine or any solution in use in the United States.
The US president said in a statement on Monday that he was “determined to ensure that our troops have all the tools they need to carry out their missions as safely as possible.”
Currently, 73% of the 1.4 million active players have received at least one injection, but with the addition of 1.1 million reserve players, this rate drops to 56%, compared to 58.8% of the population in the United States.
17 Mandatory vaccinations
Some senior U.S. officials are also concerned about the potential impact of the virus on troops and combat operations.
Mike Rogers, a Republican-elected delegate to the House of Representatives and a member of the Armed Forces Committee, stressed the importance of vaccines for military preparation.
“Vaccines protect our men and women (in the armed forces) and many of them have to live in crisis and crowded places,” he said.
Members of the U.S. military currently have 17 vaccines against various diseases – all solutions are FDA approved.
In late July, Joe Biden asked the military to think about “how and when” to add the vaccine against Kovit-19 to its list of mandatory vaccines.
At the same time, the White House said millions of federal employees must be vaccinated or comply with ongoing restrictions.
More than half (50.2%) of the U.S. population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to health officials in the U.S. Delta.
The entire vaccination campaign was carried out in full force by the incumbent Biden administration. But after the peak in early April, the pace of daily vaccinations has dropped drastically.
Joe Biden’s goal of at least 70% of adults who have had at least one injection was finally reached early last week, almost a month late.
However, the number of vaccines has risen slightly since the beginning of July.
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