US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin is moving to have all active duty members of the US military vaccinated against the Covid-19 virus, he said in a memo released Monday, CNN reported.
US moves to mandate Covid-19 vaccine for active duty military members
STEPANAKERT, AUGUST 10, ARTSAKHPRESS: "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 in the memo. "By way of expectation, public reporting suggests the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine could achieve full FDA license early next month."
Chairman of the Joint Chiefs Gen. Mark Milley had also communicated a related message to the troops, saying in a memo that the "health and readiness of our force is critical to America's defense."
US President Joe Biden said in a statement Monday that he supports Austin's message to the force and plans to make the Covid-19 vaccine mandatory for all active duty military members.