“You don’t want to mandate and try and force anyone to take a vaccine. We’ve never done that”. Anthony Fauci, a part of the US coronavirus task force, made this statement in a video call arranged by George Washington University.
Why did Anthony not want to make the COVID vaccine mandatory?
According to Anthony Fauci, the government would not make any upcoming COVID vaccine mandatory for the public. However, the local authority can make it compulsory for some vulnerable groups like children and old people. But the public can’t be coerced to take a vaccine. It would be unenforceable and not appropriate,” he said.
The vaccine can be made compulsory for certain sections of people.
“In contrast, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced that the vaccine would be compulsory for everyone after its approval. In the US, the situation is different. It will be certain for sections like health workers and doctors treating Coranavirus patients. Fauci further added by giving an example of the National Institutes of Health. For instance, one cannot expect a health worker treating a flu patient without taking a flu shot. For school kids, it can be made compulsory by the states. Some are spared due to religious or medical complications.
Donald Trump, the US President, feels that the pandemic will end before the vaccine’s arrival.
He then added that it would be a relief if a vaccine came. “There are some viruses or flu that came, and they went for a vaccine, and they never found the vaccine,” said the US President. However, Fauci differs and has made clear that a vaccine is mandatory. There has to be a way to prevent the virus from spreading. In the US, COVID cases have reached as high as 6.09 million. The death toll is alarming enough at more than 185k.
Whatever happens, the Trump government already has millions of vaccine doses from six big companies. They will be distributed for free once available.