COVID-19 vaccines, regulations divide gubernatorial candidates at Northern Virginia forum

COVID-19 vaccines, regulations divide gubernatorial candidates at Northern Virginia forum

Gubernatorial candidates Terry McAuliffe (left) and Glenn Youngkin (right) spoke separately at the Virginia Free Enterprise Foundation lunch on Wednesday, Sept. 1, in Tysons. Virginia’s major-party gubernatorial candidates shared starkly different views about the need to mandate COVID-19 vaccines or testing for state employees and students in higher education while speaking during a joint appearance in Northern Virginia on Wednesday. During a luncheon at the Ritz Carlton in Tysons sponsored by the Virginia Free Enterprise Foundation, a nonprofit made up of state business leaders, all six Democratic and Republican statewide candidates in this fall’s election shared their respective visions of the state and outlined policies they plan to implement if elected. The candidates spoke separately to the audience, not in a debate-style format. Gubernatorial candidates Glenn Youngkin, a Republican, and Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat who served as governor from 2014-18, outlined differences on a number of issues, but none was more stark than the idea of governments requiring mask-wearing, COVID-19 testing or vaccinations. During his remarks, McAuliffe said he agrees with current Gov. Ralph Northam’s mask mandate in K-12 schools , along with his requirement to mandate COVID tests or vaccines for state employees. McAuliffe also supports mandating vaccines for students in Virginia’s state-supported colleges and universities. “If we do not stop it [COVID] now, it’ll be crippling to our economy, our schools will close,” McAuliffe said. After McAuliffe’s speech, Youngkin pushed back on the notion that the government should require students to wear masks or that anyone should […]

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