US President Joe Biden has called on private companies to mandate Covid-19 vaccines, following the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) full approval for the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine.
“Today I’m calling on more companies in the private sector to step up the vaccine requirements that’ll reach millions more people,” Biden said.
“If you’re a business leader, a nonprofit leader, a state or local leader, who has been waiting for full FDA approval to require vaccinations, I call on you now to do that.”
“Do what I did last month: Require your employees to get vaccinated or face strict requirements,” he continued.
Biden went on to say that it only makes sense to require a vaccine to stop the spread of Covid-19.
The Biden Administration is hopeful that full FDA approval for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine will boost confidence in the vaccines and lead to an uptake nationwide.
The Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine had previously been granted emergency use authorisation, but yesterdays approval will allow the vaccine be used when a public health emergency is not in effect.