U.S. After the Biden administration made a major announcement, Dr. Vivek Muthy, Surgeon General, defended the actions of the Biden government in an interview on ABC’s This Week. COVID-19 vaccine mandateCompanies with 100 or more employees
“The president and the government wouldn’t have introduced these requirements if they didn’t think they were appropriate and necessary, and the government is certainly willing to defend them,” Murthy told ABC News. Martha Raddatz said that the US has a history using vaccine requirements in order to protect the population.
Thursday’s federal regulations were released by the Biden administration. They consider COVID-19 to be an occupational hazard. Nearly 100 million Americans must show proof of COVID-19 vaccination by January 4, and some workers may test weekly.
Murthy stated, “It is important that we take all the steps possible to make our workplaces more secure.” “It’s good to people’s health, and it’s great for the economy. That’s why these demands make sense.”
This has been done by at least 27 states (including West Virginia, Oklahoma, and Kentucky). lawsuits filedThe rule was criticized by the opposition, who argued that the mandate was unconstitutional.
Numerous business groups opposed the announcement. The National Retail Federation criticized the rule “difficult”Retailers as they begin the Christmas shopping season
Raddatz asked Murthy about the potential impact of this mandate on businesses and the economy. The US is currently facing labor shortages as well as supply chain pressures.
Murthy said that COVID, which is what really hurts the economy, has been repeated repeatedly by workers, small businesses, and large companies. “There are times when we recognize that our decisions have a broader effect on those around us. COVID has brought this to our attention. Having these requirements in the workplace will not only help, but it will be a necessary step on our journey. “Accelerate the escape from the pandemic.”
Companies with over 100 employees are currently subject to the mandate, which is two-thirds national workforce. Raddatz asked Murthy whether it would be possible to extend the mandate for employers with fewer 100 employees. Murthy responded that this was possible and stated that mandates like these do work.
“What we saw in a recently released report was that companies that have implemented these requirements are seeing a 20% increase in vaccination rates on average, often pushing them up into the 1990s,” Murthy said. “If we realize, as we have done for the past year, that vaccination is one of our main ways out of this pandemic, these requirements will do a lot to get us across the finish line.”
Former FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb said on CNBCThis week, it was reported that the US may be almost free from the pandemic by time these mandates are in effect. Raddatz highlighted this, and Murthy stated that he is cautiously optimistic about the country’s future because of vaccinations.
“We have fully vaccinated more than 190 million people in our country, [and]We now have a vaccine that is safe for children between 5 and 11 years of age,” he stated. “That’s 28 millions more people who have the opportunity to get vaccinated. We’ve made great progress, I believe.
We now have the news about a new one Pfizer antiviral pillRaddatz asked Raddatz about the possible impact that the drug, if approved by the company, would have on the path of the pandemic.
Murthy acknowledged that the news of the new pill is good news, but said that vaccinating is the best way to prevent COVID-19.
Murthy stated, “There is a 100% efficient strategy to prevent hospitalizations and deaths.” “Vacinating should be a central part of our strategy. The therapeutic pill is not meant to replace vaccination.