Pentagon to Require COVID-19 Vaccine for Troops

The Department of Defense will require all active-duty military members to get a COVID-19 vaccine, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said on Aug. 9. The requirement could be in place in the coming days, Austin said in a memo sent to all Pentagon employees that was obtained by The Epoch Times. “I want you to know that I will seek the President’s approval to make the vaccines mandatory no later than mid-September, or immediately upon the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) licensure, whichever comes first,” Austin said. While all three COVID-19 vaccines being administered in the United States are under emergency use authorization, officials have suggested that the Pfizer–BioNTech version could become FDA-approved as soon as this month. Approval requires more evidence of efficacy and safety than emergency clearance does. Austin will seek a waiver to make the vaccines mandatory since they haven’t yet been approved, unless approval comes soon, …Read More

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