President BidenJoe Biden “Americans for Prosperity” has launched a campaign against six Democrats to keep Washington’s separation from Turkey, but must cure the rift. Income, consumer spending jumped in March as the stimulus bill stimulates a recovering economy MORE did not reject the requirement that all U.S. servicemen receive the COVID-1
“I don’t know. I’ll leave that to the military,” Biden told Craig Melvin of NBC News in an interview Friday.
“I’m not saying no. I think you will see more and more of them getting it. And I think it will be a difficult call as to whether you should be required to take him into the military because you are so close to other military. “
Approximately 780,000 troops, or nearly a third of the total force, have been partially or completely vaccinated against the coronavirus, according to the latest numbers from the Ministry of Defense.
All Pentagon staff and beneficiaries are now eligible for the vaccine, according to the rest of the U.S. population, but thousands have chosen to drop the shot. Because the vaccines are approved by the FDA for emergency use, military personnel cannot order the inoculation.
In addition to the headache, the Pentagon does not track how many military members reject the vaccine, making it difficult to determine the reasons why military, sailors and airmen are detained.
Asked about the problem later Friday, a national security adviser Jake SullivanJake Sullivan Blinken meets with Israeli spy chief over worries about Iran Allies will make a difference when leaving Afghanistan to deal with Iran. stated that the vaccine mandate was “something that the Ministry of Defense is considering in consultation with the inter-ministerial process and [I] there is nothing to add on this today. “
He would not say whether Biden had political concerns about ordering such a mandate.
Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for Health Terry Adirim said earlier this month that officers had heard anecdotally and through research that younger people might feel less vulnerable to COVID-19 and that the risk of side effects of the vaccine is higher than negotiating the virus – “which, of course, we know is not true.”
Others are waiting to allow shots fired at individuals who may be at greater risk of the disease, Adirim added.
But some lawmakers want Biden to continue and make the vaccine a requirement for a member of the service, with a group of seven Democratic lawmakers urging him to do just that in September.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon has not ruled out a mandatory vaccination order.
“Obviously we’re thinking about what happens when they get FDA approved, which would certainly … change the nature of the decision-making process about whether they could be mandatory or voluntary, but I don’t want to get ahead of that process. at the moment, “Defense Secretary John Kirby told reporters in early March.
Updated at 12:43 p.m.