Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden said he might make a Covid-19 vaccine mandatory, depending on the “nature” of the drug, but then admitted that such a mandate probably couldn’t be fully enforced.
Speaking on Thursday night at a town hall event hosted by ABC News, Biden said his decision on whether to make a Covid-19 vaccine compulsory for all Americans would depend on the “state” and “nature” of the vaccine, including whether it’s seen as something that would positively affect 85 percent of the public or as a “golden key” to ending the pandemic.
Biden says you can’t mandate masks and a COVID vaccine “but you can say everyone has to do this.” pic.twitter.com/oPrlQ6rmrq
— The Recount (@therecount) October 16, 2020
But asked by host George Stephanopoulos how a vaccine mandate would be enforced, Biden said, “You couldn’t. You can’t say everyone has to do this.”
He likened a vaccine mandate to forcing everyone to wear a mask, in that getting 100 percent of the population to comply would be impossible. But he said he would go to all 50 governors and get them to direct their states’ citizens to comply with a mandate. Asked what he would do if not all governors agreed, he said he would go to “every mayor, every councilman, every local official.”
One of the more interesting Q's so far in this Biden townhall was whether Biden would mandate a vaccine if he were president.
He acknowledged a mandate would be hard to implement (just like a mask mandate) but depending on the status of the virus – it might make sense.
— Asma Khalid (@asmamk) October 16, 2020
The early part of Biden’s town hall was focused on Covid-19 response, with the former vice president blaming President Donald Trump for the nation’s high number of deaths from the virus. He said he began wearing a mask in March, when scientists such as Dr Anthony Fauci recommended it, but Fauci advised against the public at large wearing masks at that time.
— RT (@RT_com) October 16, 2020
“What we should be doing now, there should be a national standard,” Biden said. “Remember what the president said to the governors. Well, they’re on their own, it’s not my responsibility, the governors can do what they need to do, not my responsibility. It is a presidential responsibility to lead. And he didn’t do that.”