WASHINGTON, D.C. – APRIL 05: FDA Commissioner-designate Scott Gottlieb testifies during a Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee hearing on April 5, 2017 at on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. (Photo by Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
UPDATED 3:05 PM PT – Sunday, September 12, 2021
Former Food and Drug Administration Commissioner Scott Gottlieb has suggested the Biden administration’s vaccine mandate is unnecessary and may even be counterproductive. During an interview on Sunday, Gottlieb said a lot of businesses that might have mandated vaccines are now just going to wait for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration to finalize their rule on the matter.
He also pointed out the regulation would take time to enforce and would also have a slow rollout because it will be litigated. Gottlieb disagreed with the administration’s move and said he believes local communities should have the final say on vaccine mandates.
“I don’t think we have to reach down to the level of small businesses with 100 or more employees and put a federal requirement on it,” stated Gottlieb. “I don’t think the federal government should be dictating this. I also don’t think governors should be preventing small businesses from making these determinations on their own.”
This comes as a number of GOP governors have already indicated they plan to take legal action against the administration over the mandate.