The controversial vaccine/testing mandate by the Biden administration was intended to increase immunizations across the country, but it could have had the reverse effect, according to the Trump administration’s FDA Commissioner.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down the mandate for large employers, ruling that Congress did not give the Occupational Safety and Health Administration the authority to require vaccinations and testing by employers who have 100 or more workers.
President Biden, in a Thursday statement, claimed that the mandate – although never fully enforced – boosted vaccinations and prevented deaths nationwide.
But Scott Gottlieb (the former FDA commissioner) criticized the mandate.
“I’ve always thought that this was a bridge too far in terms of the divisive nature of it and the opposition that it would engender,” Gottlieb told CNBC’s Squawk Box Friday. “You can see the political lines forming, and you can see that vaccination is becoming a highly political issue partly because of opposition to the mandate. My question was always: What are we going gain from a public-health perspective for the opposition? “
“I’ve always thought this was a bridge too far in terms of the divisive nature of it and the opposition it would engender. Now you can see political lines. You’re seeing the issue of vaccination become an overtly political issue,” says @ScottGottliebMD on vaccine mandate.. pic.twitter.com/D0Zs7ilhdm
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) January 14, 2022
In a tweet, Gottlieb said the mandate hardened “opposition to vaccination efforts. “
Notwithstanding ruling, bottom line is OSHA was doing little to enforce it, and that was unlikely to change. Biden Administration realized how confusing and divisive this was. It was always a bridge too far, more likely to harden opposition to vaccination efforts than ease these divides https://t.co/U77Tm2267K
— Scott Gottlieb, MD (@ScottGottliebMD) January 13, 2022
Gottlieb told CNBC he is concerned that opposition to the COVID-19 mandate will “bleed into other vaccine mandates that we’ve long taken for granted like childhood immunizations. “
More than 85 percent of adults – and 95 percent of those 65 and older – have received at least one dose of the vaccine.
“And I’m not sure that this mandate is going to get us much more from a publ