NIAID director Anthony Fauci said in a Interview with Skim Out on Monday That he would support making the coronavirus vaccine mandatory for people traveling by air.
What are they saying: “I would support that if you want to get on a plane and travel with other people, you should be vaccinated,” Fauci tweeted in a video to the site with the caption: “Will you Will the airline support the vaccine mandate for travel?”
- An administration official later clarified to Nerdshala that Fauci, who is the president’s chief medical adviser, meant he would support the mandate.
“The solution we have is vaccines,” Fauci says in the video.
why it matters: Fauci’s remarks come on the heels of President Biden announcing a six-pronged plan to curb the spread of the virus, which includes aggressive mandates on vaccination and testing.
- Some airlines – such as United, Frontier and Hawaiian – have already begun requiring their employees, but not passengers, to vaccinate themselves against the virus.
Noteworthy: White House Coronavirus Response Coordinator Jeff Gents said the administration is “taking no measures off the table” at a briefing last week when asked whether the administration is considering a mandate for air travel
- “Overall, I think we have a very strong track record which shows that we are pulling the levers available to require vaccination and we are not taking any measures off the table.”