Ezekiel Emanuel, a former member of the Biden transition’s COVID-19 advisory board, said on Sunday that the U.S. will not get more than 70 percent of its population vaccinated “without a mandate.”
“We will never get to 70, 80 percent or 90 percent of the American population vaccinated without a mandate. It’s just that simple,” Emanuel told moderator Chuck ToddCharles (Chuck) David ToddJan. 6 panel eying subpoenas to force Republican reps to cooperate Nearly one year after Jan. 6, investigation into riot in full force Thompson says Jan. 6 panel has requested videos Trump made amid Capitol riot MORE on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”
Emanuel, who is currently serving as a vice provost at the University of Pennsylvania, said vaccine mandates are “our best tools to get 90 percent” of the population vaccinated.
“They make sure that people who get infected don’t get hospitalized at such a high rate and are very, very, very unlikely to die. That’s an important protection for people, and we have to make sure that people get it,” he added.
“And for the Supreme Court to take that away in the midst of an emergency seems to me to be very wrong.” pic.twitter.com/3T3oCKWBbz
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Emanuel’s comments came after the Supreme Court heard oral arguments for President BidenJoe BidenAre we investing trillions on what matters? Biden eulogizes Reid as a fighter ‘for the America we all love’ at memorial service Fox News tops ratings for coverage on Jan. 6 anniversary events MORE’s vaccine-or-test mandate for a large swath of the U.S. workforce. The conservative justices on the bench asked sharp questions regarding whether a decades-old federal workplace law provides the legal authority for the regulation.
A number of states have filed lawsuits to stop the controversial policy from being enacted. It is set to take effect on Jan. 10.
Emanuel on Sunday said the Supreme Court must “recognize that COVID in the workplace is a real health threat and really does affect many people.”
“Unfortunately, many front-line workers have died from COVID and contracting COVID in the workplace. They need protection, and … mandating vaccination is a quite reasonable protection,” he added.
The U.S. is currently seeing a surge in COVID-19 cases nationwide driven in part by the highly transmissible omicron variant. Deaths, however, have remained lower than during previous surges.
Early studies suggest that the omicron strain causes less severe illness in vaccinated individuals who contract the virus compared to previous variants.