Dr. Fauci on Monday said he supports vaccine mandates for children as the FDA works to fast-track its approval of the Pfizer jab for kids ages 5 to 11.
Scott Gottlieb, the FDA Commissioner-turned-Pfizer-board-of-directors – AND CNBC contributor (who also happens to be selling a book about Covid) said he hopes to have the jab approved for children as early as the end of October.
“Subject to the FDA’s careful review, a vaccine for children ages 5-11 could be available as soon as the end of October,” Gottlieb said Monday.
Fauci was asked if he supports a vaccine mandate for school children once the jab gets approved.
“Would you support schools mandating the COVID vaccine for kids?” MSNBC’s Hallie Jackson asked Fauci.
“People think that having children be required to get vaccination is a very novel thing — it isn’t. Right now, if you want to go to many schools, most public schools, you’ve got to be vaccinated for measles, mumps, rubella, hepatitis,” Fauci said.
He continued, “So it’s nothing new. When you hear, “would I be in favor of mandating?” In fact, I would be, but that gets taken out of context like I’m trying to impose some novel, new restriction on somebody, of taking away their rights. Look at what’s been going on for decades in schools… the requirement for vaccination.”
.@halliejackson asks Dr. Fauci whether a Covid vaccine for kids 5 to 11 will be available before Halloween.
"I think there's a really good chance it will be before Halloween." pic.twitter.com/R27c1JExZD
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