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- Anthony Fauci said on CNN he supports COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the local level.
- Fauci added that much of local hesitancy to enforce greater vaccine measures locally involves a lack of full FDA approval for the three vaccines used in the U.S.
- But he said the vaccines that have been approved for emergency use are nearly to the point of full authorization.
White House Chief Medical Advisor Anthony Fauci said Sunday he supports COVID-19 vaccine mandates at the local level as more than 600,000 Americans have lost their lives over the course of the pandemic.
"There have been four million deaths worldwide. This is serious business. So, I am in favor of that," Fauci told CNN’s Jake Tapper, referring to targeted local vaccine mandates.
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The director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious disease maintained that much of local hesitancy to enforce greater vaccine measures locally centers around a lack of full authorization for the three vaccines used in the U.S. But he said the vaccines that have been approved for emergency use by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are nearly there.
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"These vaccines are as good as officially approved with all the I's dotted and the T's crossed," Fauci said. "It hasn't been done yet because the FDA has to do certain things, but it's as good as done."
"So, people should really understand that. But they are waiting now until you get an official approval before," he added. "And I think, when you do see the official approval...you are going to see a lot more mandates."
Speaking on the topic of vaccine hesitancy, Fauci told Tapper "there’s no good reason not to get vaccinated," adding that in some countries "vaccination availability is practically nil."
"We in the United States have enough vaccinations to give to everybody in the country. And they are lifesaving. I mean, we have got to put aside this ideological difference or differences thinking that somebody is forcing you to do something."
Fauci previously told NBC’s Chuck Todd that more than 99 percent of people who died from COVID-19 in June were not vaccinated, concluding that while "no vaccine is perfect," most of the deaths were "avoidable and preventable."
Data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows more than 67 percent of U.S. adults have received at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, while 48 percent of the total population has been fully vaccinated.
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