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Media Cheer Pfizer Approval as ‘Opening the Door’ for Widespread Vaccine Mandates

By Craig Bannister | August 23, 2021 | 11:58am EDT
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On Monday, the FDA gave its stamp of approval to Pfizer’s COVID vaccine – a move cheered by liberal media outlets as “opening the door” and “paving the way” for the government to issue a host of vaccine mandates.

The FDA approval is will make it easier for companies and universities to issue mandates, in addition to those imposed by the Biden Administration, the Associated Press reports:

“The FDA’s action also may spur more vaccine mandates by companies, universities and local governments. This month New York City, New Orleans and San Francisco all imposed proof-of-vaccination requirements at restaurants, bars and other indoor venues. At the federal level, President Joe Biden is requiring government workers to sign forms attesting that they’ve been vaccinated or else submit to regular testing and other requirements.”

“Mandating becomes much easier when you have full approval,” said Dr. Carlos del Rio of Emory University. “I think a lot of businesses have been waiting for it.”

Other media outlets with quick to produce headlines announcing that the FDA approval of the Pfizer vaccine ensures that a range of new mandates are coming:

“Experts praised the decision, saying approval could help ease some vaccine hesitancy and pave the way for more vaccination mandates,” NBC News reported.

“Pfizer's full and formal approval will now pave the way for further vaccine mandates in both the public and private sector, akin to existing vaccine mandates for other FDA-approved vaccines,” ABC News agreed.

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