Pentagon moves to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for all U.S. military members

2021-08-24 14:36:40Xinhua Editor : Zhang Mingxin ECNS App Download
Special: Battle Against Novel Coronavirus

The U.S. Defense Department said Monday that it is moving to mandate COVID-19 vaccine for all military service members, following the full approval of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine announced earlier in the day by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The Defense Department is preparing "guidance to the force" to make the vaccine mandatory, with a timeline to be provided in the coming days, Pentagon spokesman John Kirby told reporters during a press conference.

Earlier on Monday, the FDA granted its full approval for the Pfizer vaccine -- which previously was authorized only for emergency use -- in a much-anticipated move that's expected to boost vaccinations across the nation while clearing a potential hurdle for the Pentagon's mandate.


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